“Teens cannot practically live without their phones”, said Kapoor aunty in the middle of her mundane gossip. Oh, the fire I felt burning inside my being! It is ALWAYS stereotypically considered that teens cannot live without their inanimate “friends” be it phones or any damn electronic gadget, but there is more to us than being immersed into devices like there is no tomorrow.
The truth is a teen cannot live without his/her individuality. it is something that is overlooked and it completely plagues society. If everyone were to give up on the qualities that distinguish them or what their scruples are they would become shallow and misguided individuals. Teens are figuratively like flowers! Each with a common goal: to bloom, thrive, and flourish in life but what truly makes them stand apart from each other is their vibrant colours. Imagine a world with black and white flowers with absolutely no spectrum of colours, wont it be boring? We do not want people facing an identity crisis, it is central to a naïve teen’s life because it shapes his/her perception of belonging not just the current life but most of the adult life too. The other thing a teen cannot live without is support, be it from his/her parents’ or friend’s, teens are like flowers in bud form ready to bloom but with the support of the sepals. Similarly, with supportive parents, teens will actually start to accept themselves as they are and will actually become more confident if they know someone will support their decisions. Without a sepal the bud would not be protected properly and will be demolished. As a flower waits for a precocious gust to send it spinning with the rest, a teen has to be ready for joining the others in the breeze of the “real” life. For this to happen a teen needs guidance and RIGHT guidance. That teens are naïve, immature with less experience is well known, with the enthusiasm of the teen and the wealth of experience of a mentor; a teen can do wonders. This guidance encourages him/her and helps to develop an optimistic outlook. The next thing is obviously love, and a sense of belonging. With the hormones at their height teens can be a bit insecure and cannot live freely, and having the knowledge that they are accepted helps tremendously, it actually aids social development and makes people feel better about themselves.
So next time when you leave the house, check your pockets twice to see whether you have all these things with you, see what I did there?