17 Jan

I just joined Human Nature’s contest: HUMAN NATURE’S START RIGHT, STAY RIGHT CONTEST: Things You Wish You Knew When You Were A Teenager

You can read the entries here.

Here is my entry:

My advice for teens and for my future teenage daughter is just to enjoy the ride. Use your bolts of energy in doing positive things that will yield positive results. Don’t be afraid to explore new things or new talents. It’s better to start early in discovering your real passion that will reveal your true self. Get busy getting to know yourself. It helps if you have learned your strengths and weaknesses so you can work on them and improve them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your guardians, especially your mom. She is the best person to talk to regarding growing up because she went through the same phase you are going through now. Other responsible and credible people are also willing to help you, your aunts, your homeroom adviser, your guidance counselor. Make your way to the library or the internet if there are some things you are embarrassed to talk about with others. There are a lot of articles that might help you deal with what you are going through. You are never alone.

I want you to remember that beauty is not skin deep. Quoted from the Little Prince, “It is with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” You have to focus on finding out your real self and what makes you happy. Pimples don’t make you less of a person. You also have to learn the basic steps in taking care of yourself and your skin. Prevention is always better than cure, they say. You have to start early with the cleanse-tone-moisturize-protect regimen. It pays off, trust me. Your future self will thank you for doing so. You also need to consider the products you are going to use. They must be designated for your skin type. It is also a plus if the products are not only good for your skin, but good for the environment and for the country too.

Don’t try to fit in with the crowd or try your way to being popular when you get to hurt others in the process. It will never be worth it. There may be trials, petty fights, etc. yet you will be surprised with how understanding your real friends can be. My high school friends are really my closest friends because we literally experienced our firsts together. We know each other so well that we don’t even have to say a word just to comfort the other or to explain we have a problem.

My High School teacher once said, Teenage years is just a phase.” Happily experience all the firsts – first crush, first dance, first day of the first period (called menarche), first love, etc. You can’t escape this whirlwind of emotion, you will experience all this because it is part of life. But what’s good is that it’s just a phase you have to go through. No one said it would be easy. Prayers help, a lot! It may be challenging and heartbreaking, but with God and your family by your side, I know you will survive this so-called ‘teenage years’ with a big smile and a happy heart.



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