We normally don't think of teen as being sources of wisdom— which I get. When I was a teenager, I was a just a walking ball of who hormones who would do or say anything that seemed to stir up a bit of attention. I made truly terrible romantic decisions, was insufferably contrarian, and courted drama in way that seems unbelievably exhausting today. I also wore a T-shirt that said 'Pop Star' on it and was covered in rhinestones. There were a lot of bad decisions.
And of course, the emotions. Seriously, teenagers have a ridiculously high tolerance for melodrama and all things ridiculous. You're feeling everything at a million miles an hour and it is totally overwhelming and delicious at the same time. It makes you selfish and sometimes incredibly difficult to be around. But you know what? It's not all bad.
Because teenagers do a lot of stewing. There's a lot of thinking and rethinking. OK, if we're honest then a lot of times there's downright obsessing over the details of their lives. But through all of that, they actually can gleam some insight. That's right, even if the most unreliable, emotional of sources you can sometimes find the hidden wisdom in the madness. So if you're looking for some unconventional advice, you might want to turn to an unconventional source. Because underneath the hormones and the tempers and the confusion, teens might actually have some great ideas— as much as it can be tough to admit it.
"When I'm alone, I think of so many thing to say to you, but when I have a chance to tell you, I go speechless."
"You were born to be real, not to be perfect."
"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one."
"It is better to be yourself and have no friends than to be like your friends and have no self."
"As time goes on you'll understand. What lasts, lasts; what doesn't, doesn't. Times solves most things. And what time can't solve, you have to solve yourself."
"Be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios."
"My problem is, I can't stay mad. I always end up forgiving people, even when they don't deserve it."
"Do what they think you can't do."
"We were supposed to be. Supposed to be. But we lost it."
"Don't change so people will like you. Be yourself & the right people will love the real you."
"Music is my painkiller."
"Have you ever wanted to meet yourself and see yourself from someone else's point of view."
"People with the greatest advice usually have the most problems."
"Everybody has a girlfriend or boyfriend, and I'm just over here like 'I love food.'"
Okay, so the food one we can definitely all relate to. But in all seriousness, just because teenagers are sometimes the most irrational, moody people in the world doesn't mean that sometimes they don't hit the nail on the head. After all, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And teenagers can have some pretty incredible moments of insight.
Don't forget that teenage years is where you usually get the first great periods of emotional growth. The fights with friends that wrench you apart. Learning how to prioritize and making big decisions for future. And of course, the first heartbreak. Whether it's a huge unrequited crush that controls your life for a few bittersweet months or that first relationship that you're sure will last forever but is obviously completely doomed, we learn a lot. It hurts, but we do learn. Teenage years are basically emotional trial by fire, where everything is happening and changing at once and you're just trying to keep up. No wonder you manage to learn something along the way, even if it's an incredibly steep learning curve.
The problem is, getting that insight out of them will totally depend on their mood— so you definitely can't count on it. But looking at teenage quotes can let you get the insight without the angst. So go outside your comfort zone and pay attention.
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