Teenage Years

Essay by Collin RyanHigh School, 11th gradeA+, November 1996

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Teenage Years

People who are nostalgic about childhood, were obviously never children. Few people can remember the truth about

adolescence. Their minds 'censor' their memories; and have them believe that being a teenager was was one big party, free of

cares and responsibilities. Well let me say this, you couldn't be more wrong if you had a lobotomy. There aren't that many

adults around who realise what adolescence was really like. The anguish, the fear, the anxiety, the stress. People don't

remember those problems because they want to forget them.

The truth of the matter is, is that being a teenager is hard, right from the beginning, and it doesn't get any easier. We are such

easy prey for big name companies who advertise using the pressure of popularity, looks and sex to force us to buy their

product that, as it turns out, we never wanted or needed in the first place.

Our lives are filled with stress. One of the greatest

sources of pressure is school. Where we are herded like cattle from room to room, chewing on our cud, while the hay of

knowledge is force fed to us as we are trying our hardest to gulp it down as more and more is shovelled in. Another great

source of pressure is ourselves. We try our hardest to be accepted among a certain group or circle. Whereas most of the time

we are rejected and we become depressed. Depression, another problem, along with ignorance and apathy that thwarts our

lives. A wise man when questioned about his view on ignorance and apathy, said 'I don't know, and I don't give a damn.

We find outlets for our emotions through either art, poetry or music, being the three most common. There are thousands of

poems floating around written...