Saturday, January 30, 2010


Breaking the Mold

Sometimes, as teenagers, it seems that everyone has these preconcieved notions of the way we are supposed to act. We are supposed to rebel, to seek independence, to go to parties, to make dumb decisions, to break the rules, and somewhere along the way, find ourselves. The media and parents seem to expect less of teens than they do of other members of society. "Good" teens still exist, and not everyone fits the same mold. That's one of the biggest problems that teens face: everyone is trying to get them to conform. Conformity is what we least want. Teens want to break the mold and be someone different, and nobody is willing to let them do that. The teen years are a time for finding ourselves, but it seems that everwhere we turn we are already expected to know who we are and what we stand for. The truth is that we have no idea who we want to be, what we want to do, who to respect, and if it is worth conforming to other's ideas. We're looking for these answers, and we don't necessarily need help in finding them. All we want to do is be someone who's different, but also someone who's accepted. We want a place in society, but we don't need to be like our parents. We are looking for our uniqueness and our independence; we are looking to break the mold.