Transformation is always a subject that worries many people everywhere. The uncertainties involved in a change of situation or circumstances and fear of the unknown are some of the major reasons why change is always an uncomfortable subject to many. We like to hold on to what we know for as much as we can, operate within territories we are familiar with while at the same time exploring opportunities that hold the promise of yielding more grander results. This is the main cause of the stagnant nature of life held by people exceeding a certain age, it is too risky to change or introduce anything radical in their life in contrast to the days of their youth.
Growing up, change has always been the underlying driving force of our lives, of my life. Transformation from childhood to teen years and finally to young adulthood is the most crucial phase of a person’s life (Carlson C 2004). The challenges faced are numerous while the learning curve is extremely steep with a few missteps deciding a lifetime. The pressures faced by this age group, especially in this age of unprecedented competition, are enormous.
Having grown up in this time, my fair share of difficulties is in no deficiency of devices of catching up with me. Having hailed from an average income family, the dream start to life existed in fairly tales and in my imagination. It was particularly hard trying to cope with the pressures of teen years. The need to fit in and appear as an equal amongst the other kids plagued me. The finer thing the other kids were afforded, and would all the so often make a point of bringing them to school, remained a distant dream. This caused a major lapse in my confidence levels and performance soon followed suit. I could not understand how we were attending school to achieve the same things with these kids in future while I saw them as already so fulfilled and happy. Disillusionment and a change in focus from striving for a better future for the need to satisfy the present needs overwhelmed me. I became needy and nagging and an incessant pain on my parents back.
Advanced teenage life however, helps on to differentiate between what is a fleeting satisfaction for a momentary need as opposed to investing in real insurance against future and real dissatisfaction. Handling of early to mid teen years in the most fragile manner is necessary as development as to what person you will end up being happens then. (Wilson, M. R. 2010)
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Wilson, M. R. (2010). Frequently asked questions about how the teen brain works. New York: Rosen Pub.