Hello! Welcome to Planet Gabrielle.
How has your week been so far? I hope it’s been awesome. Smile, if you think about it, it’s almost Friday!
So we’re just going to jump right into this. I decided that this week, I’m going to blog about…
being a teenager.
For as long as I’ve been a teenager, there have been several people telling me some of the same things. If you’ve ever been a teenager, or if you’re one right now, you know what I’m talking about. The redundant questions about college, your appearance, the music you listen to, same old, same old. Not to be rude, but most of the people who discuss these things with me are adults. Now, I get it; you know what it’s like to be 16, almost 17 years old. I understand that, and I totally appreciate the fact that you are willing to help me out along my road to becoming a grown up.
Nevertheless, criticizing me on my tastes, my looks, and my background doesn’t really count as helpful advice. There’s a huge difference between giving advice, and just plain old judging and bashing someone.
All us teens know those little bothersome things adults say to us on a daily basis. So let’s break them down, shall we?
I present to you: 5 Things All Teenagers Are Tired of Hearing.
1. “All You “Young People” Do Is Get On Social Media!”
It’s not our fault that technology and social media have evolved so much in our generation. Besides, we do other things that tweet and post selfies on Instagram. I’m a writer, so I’m normally on my computer, yes. But you can’t just assume that I’m messaging someone or updating my profile picture. Besides, adults have gotten really into the whole social media thing now, too.
Social media has become a people thing.
2. “You Wouldn’t Understand, You’re Only *Insert Your Age Here*.”
Right, so just because I’m younger than you are, I know nothing about life? Okay, I might not be as far along in my life as you are, but that doesn’t mean I’m clueless. Tons of teenagers have already had their first relationship, (not counting me bc you know…I’m me) their first heartbreak, and some have even been bullied, suicidal, been in abusive relationships (sexual, physical, or emotional), so on and so forth.
I know I’m only 16 and that there’s so much I haven’t learned yet, but you have to get me credit for what I have been through. You should give all us teens credit. Seriously, you never know what someone has been through. You can’t just assume they are totally in the dark about everything just because of their age. If you ask me, that’s rather small minded.
3. “Your Generation Doesn’t Know What Real Music Is.”
Everyone who knows me knows that I love music so much. I will admit that in the last year or so, I’ve really expanded my ear and started listening to different things instead of just mainstream pop. I was such pop trash, not even kidding. For some reason, it shocks people (mostly adults) when I know the words to an song that was released before I was even born. It’s like, “You’re 16, you’re not supposed to know about this. How do you know this song?”
Why is it so strange that I know some of the same songs you do? And by the way, not all new music today is so terrible. We have awesome people like Taylor Swift, who writes her own original music, which is one of the main reasons I love her so much. We have Ed Sheeran, who also writes most of his own stuff. There are tons of awesome bands out there, too. You can’t just assume that all music of today is trash. Besides, the best music can’t be discovered by just listening to the radio.
4. “You Wouldn’t Last A Day Without Your Phone!”
Just so you know, I went a whole year and a half (might have been 2 years, I can’t remember) without a working phone, and I got along just fine. I just got the phone I have now for Christmas last year. I had plenty of my peers asking me how I survived without a phone, but it wasn’t that hard. It bothered me more that I couldn’t make a call home, not the fact that I couldn’t tweet or post a selfie.
Anyway, this has become another people thing; like social media, people have become attached to their phones. So attached, that they forget how pleasant it is to have a face to face conversation with someone. We as people need to work to make this better. Don’t blame one age group.
5. “Teenagers Today Don’t Even Care About Their Futures.”
You’re right. All I want to do is cry about growing up and watch Netflix.
Just because you see the majority doing something, doesn’t mean that’s how everyone is. There are plenty of successful teenagers today who have their own businesses, their own fashion lines, and who are millionaires already. Zendaya and Bethany Mota just to name two of my faves.
Sorry we’re not all super rich and super successful. But don’t worry. There are still plenty of us out there who care about our future. There are lots of us who are working towards our future goals right now as I’m writing this blog post. Oh hey look, there’s me!
So there you have it. Of course we all know there are more than only 5 things that are really annoying to hear when you’re a teenager in today’s world, or in any generation before. Not gonna lie, this post was mostly channeled towards people who aren’t teenagers anymore…
*cough, cough* adults.
Just keep in mind: you were once a teenager. Doesn’t matter how long ago it was, just try to remember all the stuff you were doing back then, when you’re talking to a teenager today. Don’t be so quick to judge or look down your noses at us. After all, you were in our shoes once, and some way, somehow, you made it out okay. Maybe we will too. Just don’t be so quick to forget your past.
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Until next week! And always remember you’re perfect. Perfectly you! Xo