I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a revolution.
See, something’s not working. It’s functioning, but it’s not working—too many people are miserable, and I’m not satisfied with that.
This could go in a million different directions, but my focus (at least with this particular blog) is one specific group: Teenagers.
Being a teenager is one of those things that’s supposed to be awesome. It’s supposed to be a time of self-discovery, exploration of the world around you, learning new skills, and having fun. It’s a time to make friends, some of whom could last a lifetime.
And for a lucky few, it is—it’s a pleasant and positive experience that leads from childhood to adulthood in a way that prepares them well for life on their own.
For most, though, it seems like it generally sucks for everyone involved. Teenagers seem to hate it. Their parents seem to hate it. Teachers seem to hate it. Everyone has a predisposed prejudice to people in the ages of about 13 to 19, and it’s not working well for anyone.
Even the people who enjoy their teen years are plagued by the “teen” stereotype, expected to act out and act up. In truth, teens get a bad rap.
I can guess as to why, though I don’t agree with the logic that got us here.
In essence, it’s become a snowball of utter disaster.
So here’s what’s happening: Kids grow up. It’s what they do. They become teenagers, which involves a lot of changes. Your perceptions of the world shift and change, your understanding of the people around you expands, and the things you want and need out of life evolve.
The problem arises when parents don’t know what to do with this. They got used to their children being, well, children. And the teenage years are a transition phase—it’s when a person moves from childhood to adulthood, and that makes a lot of parents uncomfortable.
I can sympathize with both groups here: On the one hand, parents are dealing with a scary shift—their children are becoming adults. That’s scary. Did they do a good job, preparing these little people they love more than anything for the real world? Are their children going to grow up to hate them? Will they make good decisions? It’s freaky, when you feel that responsible for someone, and it’s hard to let go and let them make their own choices.
On the other hand, what the heck are teenagers supposed to do? Stay children? That’s not just ridiculous, it’s actually not possible. Growing up is natural—it’s a part of life. Everyone does. It can’t be stopped, it shouldn’t be stopped, and more to the point, it’s not a bad thing. It’s a great thing, and it can be enjoyed…but only if everyone involved cooperates.
No small task, but we have to start somewhere.
You’ll notice this site has a very “¡Viva la Revolución!” feel to it. This isn’t about starting some kind of wild, violent rebellion. It’s just about challenging the paradigms we’ve been taught and letting go of dogma that restricts us.
Plus, I think it looks cool.
So all I want to say here is: Thank you for checking this out, and I hope to see you back! There will be multiple blogs posted each week, and soon, we’ll start recording videos. (Who’s “we”? Here’s “we”.)
Getting everyone to cooperate is a huge task, and I have no illusions about my ability to make that happen—I likely can’t. But…I feel like I can help at least a few people out there.
And that’s what this blog is all about. Helping shift perspectives and show people—especially teens, who often feel powerless—exactly how powerful and amazing they are, so they can start creating the lives they want, and living to their fullest.
In reality, it’s just about freedom. Personal and societal. I believe all change—all meaningful and lasting change, at least—is rooted firmly in the individual. Society is made of individuals, and so it is through personal transformation that we’ll (someday, hopefully) achieve global peace.
I dream of a world where people do what they were called to do, accept and understand one another, operate from a place of respect and love, and help one another through challenges.
Idealistic, I know.
And again, no illusions here: This is a tall order, and it’s going to take significantly more than one little blog.
But one little blog is a start, and I hope it’ll lead to greater things.