Inspirational Ramblings to the Teenage Girl

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a piece I wrote to inspire teenage girls to stop crying and be the best they can be. Hopefully it will prove inspiring for anyone who feels low, depressed or heartbroken.

Submitted: October 05, 2008

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From now on, self destruction will come to an end.

We are teenage girls living in a generation where not only are women treated with more rights than ever before, but teenagers are also. Years ago we were considered as children and taught to be seen and not heard up until the age of 18, and women were considered second class citizens. Nowadays, as I said, we have the liberation as teenage girls to be our own people and not slaves to the men in our lives; however it somehow seems that although we have the option to be who we want to be - we still find ourselves repeatedly getting hurt over boys. One would surely think that this is because they are doing something to us, or treating us inequally but this is rarely the case. What I am disappointed to realise is that even in this generation, it is us who is causing the destruction. It is us girls that finally have the option of using our energy to become productive and strong that are caving to such emotions that have made teenagers renowned nightmares. We find ourselves often reduced to tears over something trivial such as some boy's facebook page and it is not these boys who necessarily hypnotising us, but rather we are the ones allowing ourselves to be hypnotised. We waste so much more of our energy letting ourselves pine after boys than we probably even realise because when we let ourselves get like this, it affects everything!

Now of course I am not saying that we shouldn't stay true to our emotions because we certainly should, nor am i claiming that i am some high and mighty girl who has never picked curling up with a tub of ice cream over throwing on a smile because I definitely am; however it is through being what i supposed is nowadays classed as 'an average teenage girl' that has opened my eyes to the fact that we must see the light and not let our negative emotions own us!

I mentioned before that this affects everything, and what I mean by that when we let one negative emotion or attitude take control of us, we soon are as lenient with the others. I have personally found myself letting things such as short-temperedness and laziness escape me without even trying to fight back and it has probably been because of this.

Of course it is OK to cry, and it is OK to miss people. I have a very close friend who keeps a permanent wall up so that she can never get hurt but you see the trouble with this is that if even the real life walls made of stones and strong cement can be knocked down, then what hope is there for a teenage girls wall made of resiliance and fear?

What I am trying to express I suppose, is that we should embrace that we are strong people and deserve better than we give ourselves. I hear girls so often trading expressions like, 'boys are dicks,' and yes, in some cases boys can be so, but surely that should give us more reason to not waste any energy over them. I know it feels good to have a good cry over some boy who has wronged you, but how good would you feel if you faced the facts that he is probably not crying by any means?

I think that we as girls need to start something new, we need to change the image of the teenage girl. Tubs of ice cream and having a good cry, and watching TV instead of working is all fine, and probably what we need to do so as not to explode; however I propose that we all find a place within ourselves that gives us the strength to realise when the time is to get up and move forward and be strong and amazing - we owe it to OURSELVES. Not to any boy, or teacher or parent. Just because that is what we deserve, and when we live in a world where anyone can let you down or break your heart, we should be making sure that we don't seize the opportunity to do so first!

For the next few weeks, I am going to try an experiment. Whenever I feel like caving to tears or giving up or losing my temper I am going to try my best to take a moment to clear my head and then pick myself up and fight back with positivity instead - however hard this may be. I want to do this honestly, because I think that it will make me happier in the long run, so maybe try it out yourselves even if just for a week and see what you can do!

After all, would you rather be effortlessly sad, low and tired, or put in a little fight to become happy, energized and strong?


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