By Zoey Jones
Anyone who says your teenage years are
your best years has a serious memory problem! What's so special
about having to worry about how you look, how you dress, how
other people look at you, your school marks, your friends,
your enemies, your parents and crushes! Sometimes it just
The worst thing about being a teenager
is all the pressures we face. There is intense pressure to
fit in at school, to be cool enough to not suffer the wrath
of a bully. There is pressure to look good and feel good and
it's really hard when we're being bombarded by images of stick-thin
models. And school grades. My parents drive me up the wall
and back again about my marks. When I get 100% on an exam,
my mom jokes about 'how come you didn't get 101%', she acts
like she's joking, but it's seriously annoying.
So now I have a new pressure to get into
this international school. Everything my parents say about
it is true: It will look great on a resume, it will improve
my chances of getting into any university I want to when I
leave high school and I will gain 'invaluable life experience'
being overseas. It's all true and actually quite appealing,
but what isn't cool is the pressure. It's like my parents
have finally found something to agree on - pressuring me -
and they're holding strong to their convictions!
What advice can I give myself? I guess
the best thing I can do is study, but don't obsess. Let's
face it, I want control and I want to be able to do whatever
it is I set my mind to, but I'm glad that I'm starting to
understand the boundaries of control. I guess the pro-ana's
taught me that and now it's time to take my own advice and
take a deep breath, step back and smile.
Maybe I'll be an international correspondent
next year and maybe I'll be writing from the Underground.
Whatever, I'm going to be okay either way and my parents will
just have to keep on loving me no matter what. But don't get
me wrong, some days I still feel like screaming.
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