The teenage years can be a very confusing time filled with anxiety; or it may be a very comfortable experience for you, especially in high school. However, when high school is over and the party is done; who are you really? You've invested so much time in building the greatest social media profiles, building your reputation at school; living in a superficial realm of your own creation.
You will wake up one day and wonder why life feels so empty and lonely in spite of the fact that you have so many followers, friends and connections. It is indeed a sobering experience that takes hold of those people who are innately deep thinkers but against their better judgement; chose quantity over quality by investing a great deal of their time in superficial systems. You may not ever acknowledge that you've felt this way but there is a longing inside of you that won't stop chafing your conscience until you find one thing: Direction.
I am not saying that you shouldn't be enjoying yourself and having fun; by all means have fun in everything that you do. But commit yourself to something because it is something that you want to do, not because if you don't, people will think you aren't cool. Realize that your friends won't necessarily support you and the changes you begin to make; but that is one of the best things that can happen to you. 'Trimming the fat' so to speak, leaving the people behind who don't add any value to your life or support your decision to evolve don't deserve to be there in the first place. Usually, the negativity inside of a teenage mind is worsened by the stupid things that the people around us say; there is enough negativity in the world -- leave these people in the dust, if they chase you and earnestly want to reconnect with you, then allow them to be a part of your life again provided that they do not go back to their old ways.
Now here are some powerful tips for great teenage success:
- Limit the time spent on social media - I am 19 years old, so I understand just how much time can be wasted on technology; specifically a cellphone. My phone was stolen two weeks ago and it is the best thing that could have happened to me. Once you spend less time doing things that add no value to your life and instead spend that time enriching yourself; your life begins to shape and mold itself into exactly what you want it to be.
- Know yourself, then pick a direction - Spend time doing things you love. Meditate on all the benefits that it brings into your life and then see how you can develop a plan to turn your passion into a possible career option.
- Lose the dead weight - Cut out the 'friends' that offer nothing but poisonous advice and negativity to your life. There is no place for that kind of behaviour at any stage of your life and you should value yourself highly enough to get rid of these people. This does wonders for self-confidence and overall positivity.
- Read - Pick up a book on anything that expands your knowledge base. Stop spending hours on watching your favourite TV show and instead use that time to invest in yourself by reading. You'll notice in as little as a few days how you begin to see things in a different light.
- Make mistakes - You should know that throughout your life you will make mistakes. Look at the mistake from every possible angle except for a negative one and take the lessons from it. Your teenage years are meant to be spent getting to know yourself; you can't accomplish this by trying to be perfect all the time. It's okay to make mistakes!
These tips are a culmination of the lessons that life has taught me through the years. I can only offer it to you so that it may be a beacon on your journey into adulthood. Learn to live a genuine life; free from the confines of social expectation and you will have learnt to be happy. I sincerely hope that this article gave you clarity on how to make a success of yourself.
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