Lydia Johnson - Grade 9, Oakwood High School
Teen years can be compared to the ocean. Days can often be calm and mellow, yet some days can be filled with frustration and anger, such as the ocean during a storm. There will be good days and bad days, but in the end it will balance out.
During teen years, there are often days that you will be extremely happy and enthusiastic, but some days can quickly become worse from others’ negativity, personal problems, and school related issues. These bad days may seem miserable at the time, yet they will work out and a bad grade will not seem as important when you are graduating and you will find new friends that bring positive attitudes into your life. There are ups and downs and these are just part of a cycle, such as the ocean’s tides. The ocean may have a high, rough tide one day and the next it may have a calm, low tide. These are easy to compare to teenage days because both have high expectations, whereas the ocean has marine life to support, travelers to transport, and people come from far away to enjoy it. Teenagers are expected to receive good grades, have a good social life, and to stay physically active. My advice is to remain calm, try your best, and to think before you act while expectations are high.
Teenagers often don’t think before they act and it can make the situation they are in worse. If you remain polite and treat others kindly in a rough situation, the outcome will most likely come in your favor and you will be happy. Happiness is a key factor in life and it is often not seen this way. Happiness is a necessity, for it is responsible for your health, or overall well-being. Teenagers love to have fun, but they need to remember to use common sense and stay out of trouble. If they are being good while having fun, they will not get in trouble and will be rewarded for their actions. As a teenager, there are common goals that exist in order to succeed. My personal goals are to receive good grades, stay physically active, maintain friendships, and to enjoy my teenage years. Teens should not stress the small things, for years from now they will not be important.
Teens need to remember that there are rough days and its seems as if things will not get better, yet if they keep their goals in mind and make smart choices it will lead to success. There are cycles when good days end and they return, such as the ocean. There is always a solution and everything is going to be okay, so teens must remember to stay positive because change will come.