When we enter this world, little are we aware that we have already been given a name, race, respect, religion, caste and other few initials and patterns that we carry around with us as baggage all through our lives!
Anyway, we are not going to be beating around the bush here! We make our way towards school which is the first step in our connection to the world. Real or Unreal we will discuss that later.
We learn to hold that pencil and scribble vowels on the notebooks and funny images on our house-walls. We learn to walk, talk, eat, chew and what not. Having learned all these lessons at home first, we march towards that gate of school which is the temple of our learning.
It is a place where we meet those who influence our lives for the rest of it. Teachers, friends and even bullies. School leaves us with those memories that are cherished forever and can never be erased. The most crucial stages of growing up are the teenage days. Where world becomes our own stage and us sixteen or seventeen-year-olds treat ourselves as the best debutants.
Here’s a checklist of lessons that one should abide by when he is passing through these poignant days of growing up.
You don’t have it all figured out.
You might look around and think that everyone else has got it all, but they don’t. They are good at being in the crowd and even being a blender. You might as well think that they are watching the right movies, listening to the famous songs and trying on the best clothes at slumbers! Don’t measure yourself by others. Just don’t! Believing and hating popular things doesn’t make you stand out. Remember, you aren’t on the same timetable as someone else. You are not expected to live life in the same order as them either.
Don’t Become a Peer Pressure’s Prey!
Peer Pressure as the name suggests is a prey. Don’t fall for wrong advice and especially don’t fall for suggestions and opinions of those who look down upon you. You don’t need to worry about not having had a boyfriend/girlfriend and thinking you’re the only one who doesn’t carry the tag of a committed relationship. Embrace your individuality. You have a whole life ahead of you to try out these things.
You are not weird
No matter how deserted or isolated you feel in a group, know this that you are not at all weird. Embrace your uniqueness and be proud of it. Whatever you are thinking or experiencing at a certain time in life is not specific to you. We all have been there and we all face low-brows and meltdowns at some point of time in life.
A character is Important & Imperative!
Personal integrity is a thing you’ll have to maintain for the rest of your life. Embrace it and treasure it for your own self for nobody else can make it up for you. Make your own grounds, beliefs and follow what your influencers, teachers and parents say. Go deep in courage to do the right thing. Go deep in modesty. Go deep in individuality. Be your own confidant!
Be thankful and be humble!
At the end of the day, it’s all about perspective. Be grateful for all the blessings that have been showered upon you and thank others and the Almighty for them.
Love Yourself – For this time will never come back!