I am tired of hearing people complain about teens. Just yesterday I heard it again--”Thankfully only one of mine is a teen...How do you do it with two?”
Do people not remember what it was like to be a teen? Do you have partial amnesia when it comes to remembering that YOU, adult now, wanted to do things, wanted to be things, that your parents or teachers DIDN’T? Did you forget how passionately you felt about things, how alive you felt, how every day was filled with wonder and excitement? And don’t you remember how people, OLDER people, teachers and parents and the media, poo-pooed your feelings, told you you had no idea what life was really about?
They were wrong.
When you were excited and passionate about life, that was the rightest time there was for you! Get back there again! Embrace your inner teen!
When you were willing to rebel against to status quo to be who you really were, that’s where you need to be again! Don’t look to mom or church or society to tell you who you are--YOU KNOW! Be her!
And then, when you are happy and glowing in your own, well-adjusted, self-assured teen-ti-tude, look at your own teens.
They are awesome, aren’t they. I mean, REALLY AWESOME!
They’re excited about so many things, and so deeply! They’re funny and tell dirty jokes and LAUGH....join them! They want to keep odd hours and hang out with friends and listen to music and eat too much or not enough (perfect for them!)--help them do that! Sure, sometimes they don’t look at the “big picture”, sure sometimes they just live “in the moment”....
BE MORE LIKE THAT!
Sometimes they do something until it’s not fun, and then they stop.....
WHY AREN’T YOU?
Sometimes they act like being happy is the most important thing....
AND THEY’RE RIGHT!
Find your joy--and please, go hug your teen.