the Teenage Years
From a child to
an adult you must travel through the teenage years.
I wish there was a shortcut, a map, a road to follow but
no. There is no escape. For some the journey
is calm, for me it's a typhoon. There's chaos,
rebellion and confusion. My dream is to find love,
get married and take care of my parents. But how do
I get there? My life now is like a disaster zone and
getting there I think will be a miracle. Maybe some of you
are now thinking, Reina! Don't worry it's just a
stage you go through! You'll get survive. This
'stage' is at present my life. And it's not only
confusing for me but also those around me. Let me
give you are few examples. Love! Oh!
It's hot in here. I have this image. You meet
a guy, fall in love, get married and live happily ever
after. The start, sounds easy but not for me.
Let me tell you a story. We meet in grade 7.
We were in the same class together so we chatted often.
In grade 8 things changed. He was in class 2 and I
class 1. All I had to do was to go next door and
chat. But do you think I could? No! I
felt awkward and shy. I couldn't even say 'hello'.
We talked by cell phone at night and avoided each other by
day. Don't you think that's strange? Soon the
phone calls stopped and the relationship ended. And
I want to get married? Impossible! Parents! My
Mom and I are very a like. At times we chat like
girlfriends but when we fight, wow do we fight. She
always wants things her way never my way! Do this!
Do that! The other day I said "Mom, why can't
you sometimes just relax. Take it easy! Chill
out! Don't you remember when you were a
teenager?" "I do. And I always
respected my parent's wishes." She said.
I felt so guilty. School!
Actually school is going well. I've got good grades.
I'm member of the school council but do you know what, can
I hand in my homework on time? No! Doing it is
not the problem. I just dislike being told about the
deadline. To my teachers, I
have an idea you make the home work, I'll make the
deadline. OK! To my kind and loving parents,
in five years time I'll be twenty. Hang in there!
To my special friend that I can't talk to, hey! Are
you getting my e-mail? To any other crazy teenagers
out there, please take time to find your own path in life
but always be thankful for the support of your friends and
family who are guiding the way.