Friendly Reviews

Aaugust 31, 2002
ON GROWING UP by Jen

Growing up these days isn’t as easy as it seems. On top of the parents ragging on you to get a job, clean your room, or help out around the house, we are faced with having to know the right people, to “not be a loser.” And with the right people, comes the right music, movies, going to right parties and the “new you”. When our parents were our age, they didn’t have the technology or the freedom that most of us have now. And there for, they really don’t know what its like to grow up around the people that we do. But some people don’t really know how much their friends really mean to them until they’re gone. Lucky for me, I have yet to experience that.

I once heard that it is better to experience your worst heartbreak when you’re young. But if you don’t, does it make it that much harder to deal with when you’re older? Today, you have all this music about perfect love that never fades away. But that isn’t reality. Reality is, love fades, and people change. In life, you have a model, a person that you want to be like, or become. If you are concentrated enough on doing something so that it is the way you want it, or having something that you want to change so badly, you can do it. But if the person doesn’t want to change enough, then they won’t. Like they say, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but have they proved it?

Parents today don’t trust their children the way they should. Most parents won’t let their kids get in a car with an 18 or 19 year old. Only because they aren’t past 25, and haven’t had their license long enough. That’s the joys of having a teenage child. The driving, making their own decision, and influences that their friends have on them.

Friends. Well, what more do you need to know? The laughing, the joking, the fighting. It’s all part of growing up. You get in a fight with one friend, and then go and tell another. I guess I’m lucky, with a lot of my friends; I haven’t got in a fight with them yet. My friends are there for me when I need them and give me space when I ask them. Some of my friends, I’ve known since I was little. And I can honestly, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have some of the friends that I have had over the years. The all night talks, the venting about problems and the quick fix it solutions, and the reading the books outside late at night. Over the past two months I have really learned who my true friends are. The ones that are there for you when you think they aren’t, the ones who you can barely put up with for a week in the same cottage, and the ones that never leave your side at the sight of a problem. These are the true, dear friends that you will never forget and always cherish.

Thank you Erica, Shawn, Pierre, Lisa and Laura for always being the ones that I went to and having to put up with me since the pool (you know what I’m talking about). For helping me through the times that I really didn’t know who to go. And for always knowing when to put me back in line, when I get out. Most of you have already realized your friends are the best people to talk to, but if you haven't already, they really are. You can say what you want, when ever you need someone to talk to, and they will always understand, because, they are going through the same things you are, their teenage years.