Navigating the teen years is a battle that never seems to get easier. It has always been a difficult time for everyone, no matter what your circumstances happen to be.
These 9 Inspirational Pieces of Real Life Advice for Teens should be shared with the teen in your life to help them gain perspective, motivate them, and let them know that they are not alone despite the overwhelming feeling that they are.
It’s Hard to Make Real Friends
Don’t sweat the fact that you haven’t met a group of friends that are always there to ensure that your life never has a dull moment. You won’t always have someone to go to the dance with, you will sit alone at the cafeteria, and there will be plenty of times you feel alone. Despite what the teen dramas show you, it is really hard to make real, lasting friends. Sometimes in life, we are better off by ourselves, although it seems like it is right now, it really isn’t a popularity contest.
Build a Strong Foundation
There is no time in life worth wasting on regrets, always stay true to who you are and be good to the ones you love. You don’t want to spend one minute of your future life feeling bad about something you did in the past and the only way to avoid that is to stay true to your core values, no matter what the situation is, that is something you will never regret. In fact, it will be part of the solid foundation that you laid out for yourself and will help you to build a stronger character in the future.
Even when it is not the most popular thing to do or something that makes your life difficult for the time being, always do the right thing. Strive to be a person of integrity, a reliable person who you can be proud of now and when you look back at these times.
You are Not Alone
Although it seems like nobody could possibly understand what you are going through, trust me someone else has gone through whatever it is you are going through. Don’t let your struggle isolate you, just because everyone else hides it better doesn’t mean that they aren’t going through their own struggle. Stop comparing yourself to them, strive to be a better you and don’t worry about them.
It’s Ok to ask for Help
Everyone needs guidance in life and although you may feel like you know everything, you don’t. If you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders it’s alright to ask for help from a friend, parent, teacher, or anyone that may be able to lend a hand. Don’t let life beat you down when there are resources available to you to help you get a better handle on things. Ask for help!
Trying new things is an important part of not only finding what you like but also finding what you don’t. Getting creative with the way you spend your time in your teen years is essential in finding what you want to do with the rest of your life.
Sometimes we go into things with a preconceived notion of how things are and we let our opinions get in the way of our own growth. Listening to the other side of things and seeing things from another perspective is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of things.
Listen to Older People
It makes sense that if you have been through something before, that you would have a better understanding of it than someone who is facing it for the first time. It’s alright to be skeptical but keep an open mind, you never know when a piece of advice will be lifechanging.
Twenty years from now, looking back you will not regret being true to yourself, your friends, and your core values. Don’t change for anyone or pretend to be something you are not to gain approval, you will regret it sooner or later. Don’t follow the crowd, be yourself, fitting in is not nearly important in the big scheme of things as you may think it is right now. This is the time for you to figure out who you are, don’t waste a second trying to be who someone else may want you to be.
Stop Rushing Things
Feeling like you have to plan out your entire life while in high school is an unfair pressure that a lot of teens face. It can be scary when you are expected to know what you want to do with the rest of your life when you really don’t have a clue. College prep classes, meetings with guidance counselors, and seeing your older friends or siblings move on with their own lives, can make you feel like everyone else has it figured out but believe me, they don’t. A lot of people don’t ever really figure things out and the ones that do didn’t know anything for sure until they were much older.
There is no need to rush things, take life one day at a time, explore the things that interest you and learn about things that you are good at. It may seem like time is moving slow at certain points in your life but when you look back on it you are sure to see how fast it really does fly by. It seems like time is standing still when you are looking forward to a date night, getting your license or a Summer break but before you know it, these will all be memories from what seems like a different lifetime.
What advice do you wish you had as a teen? Leave a comment below with your best advice for teens.