Don’t Count On That Teenage Metabolism For Long

That metabolism you have right now? The one that lets you eat McDonalds three times a day and regular soda? Don’t count on that for long my teenage friend. It changes. Whether it’s when you start college or perhaps halfway through, it will unfortunately catch up with you.

Part of me says enjoy it while you can, but the other part says change eating habits now so you never have to worry about the freshman 15. It’s really not that hard, it’s just time consuming and takes lots of patience. Little things help, especially dropping out regular soda or cappuccinos. Get used to living without them, you’ll be much healthier and better off in the long run for it.

Trust me, it’s so much harder to try to lose weight AND make lifestyle adjustments.

It Won’t Matter

So there’s the new song on Glee, “Loser Like Me.” The phrase “Go ahead and run your mouth so everyone can hear.” I think the phrase “run  your mouth” was used on a daily, possibly hourly basis when I was in high school. It’s funny how in high school people are always running their mouths. And it’s so serious when you find out someone has been talking smack behind your back.

It is hurtful though. It’s so easy to talk about someone else, but then the second you find out you’re the key person that’s being bashed on behind closed doors, it’s not so fun anymore.

The title “It Won’t Matter” comes from the fact that all the things people say about you or whatever won’t matter the second you have that diploma in hand. Off to college means off to a new start. You really won’t give two craps about what anyone thinks once you’re out of school. Hell there was a rumor that a group of us really close friends were lesbians and had an orgy. The things that get said and made up in high school…

Not that there’s anything wrong with being a lesbian, but the truth of that rumor is as close to Adam Lambert dating Kendra Wilkinson. Feel me? But now when we’ve brought that rumor up, we just laugh about it. It doesn’t matter.

Sad thing is, it doesn’t change. There’s still drama in the “real world.” There’s still smack talking. But it’s not nearly as confrontational. Or at least not what I have witnessed. It’s just annoying and exhausting.

Living On Top

I went to a high school play yesterday. It’s funny how in high school, you feel like you’re on top of the world. And a lot of the times you are. For many, high school is the peak. It’s the time where the only worries and burdens are the pressures of your peers–and you can pretty much can do whatever. Be in a play, rock out in band, and in any way possible be a big deal. Everything in high school is a big deal.

Then some taper off and once the high school wave is over some people quit riding it. Why not? When I graduated from high school, there was a clean slate. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but no expectations. And it turned out extremely well. I hate seeing people just giving up and not doing more for themselves. Because high school is just a time of your life. And you really can do the things you want as quick as possible, it just takes work and time.

When I was a teenager, I had a cell phone but texting wasn’t a big deal and the biggest social media sites at the time were Myspace and Livejournal. I didn’t get Facebook until towards the end of my senior year. But that’s when it was still only for students. I think, not sure how all that worked then.

I digress.

My point is there are so many more distractions now for teens. But, every single generation of teenagers had their distractions. This one though is slightly different.  We live in such an instantaneous world now. I want it, and I want it now. I’ve heard several times on a radio show how the Gen Y’ers are going into internships and jobs half-assed and actually expecting things to be handed from them. One thing teens should remember is that they have to go through the motions like everybody else did.  As they should. You learn things when you clean up poop. (Not literally, you get the point).

I didn’t know that in high school, but, I worked hard. And am a published writer at 23. It was even before 23. You can still live the dream in college and even better make a career out of something you like. It just takes time and effort. Lots of it. Don’t doubt I wanted to pull all my hair out in college. It is no easy task. But you can pull through, and keep riding the high school on-top-of-the-world wave.

It’ll All Be Okay.

I think the most important thing for teens to remember is that it’ll all be okay.  When you’re a teenager, you’re a basketcase of emotions and hormones trying to figure out who you are, and figuring out what you want out of life. Thinking back on teenage years, which weren’t that long ago for me, it was both the best and worst time.

You’re in limbo. That’s what’s the worst. And you take everything so personally and seriously as a teen. (Or, some are the exact opposite). Someone talks behind you’re back and it’s the end of the world. Or you screwed up on your curfew and can’t go out with all your friends. Then, to make matters worse, not going makes you “uncool.”

Barf.

But I understand the worry. It’s just how teenagers are. So judgmental. And now days there’s Facebook and Twitter which make it even easier to be stressed.

Once you hit college, all the pettiness starts to fade. It’s funny, I remember sitting in my room, either grounded or not with my friends thinking it was the end of the world and coming up with every possible thought that people were thinking about me.

In reality, nobody cares. In the end, people only care about themselves. For the most part, the negativity fades. Some people can’t get out of the mindset that the world is coming to an end. But for the most part, it goes away.

And while the high school years can suck as bad as they are fun, don’t take it so seriously. It really will be okay. It makes me sick to my stomach that kids are committing suicide because they’re being bullied. It’ll all be okay! You just have to trudge through it, cause it gets better.

Be serious about the things you need to be serious about, like you’re grades, sports, or things you’re passionate about. But have fun with the rest. Don’t waste your time on frenemies, people that don’t like you or people that bring you down.