By Matthew Sink
WHERE AM I? HOW DO i am getting the place i need to head? for lots of scholars, the center tuition years symbolize a harrowing trip. because the panorama round them alterations speedily, many scholars lose their method. that is as the direction throughout the center winds via tricky terrain: The quicksand of recognition The rapids of sexual awakening The woodland of lack of confidence The bustling city of digital media How teenagers navigate this trip is essential. those that embark with no transparent path steer their lives in a path they by no means meant, and turn out in locations they by no means desired to be. A Map For the center is written to provide path and perception for the center university trip. via own tales, observations, and warnings, this ebook seeks to aid early youth comprehend precisely the place they're, and the way they could competently arrive on the position God desires them to be.
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Over her head, the thought-bubble read: I CAN’T BELIEVE I WORE THIS OUTFIT TODAY. I BET EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM IS LAUGHING AT ME. The second panel backed out to show the entire cafeteria, full of fellow students. Every one’s thoughts were the same: I BET EVERYONE IS LAUGHING AT ME. Ah, middle school, the land of the awkward and home of the insecure. There’s something about the age group which promotes perfect paranoia—perfect, utter paranoia. Try to say that without spitting! No kidding. The idea everyone watches and judges your every thought, word, or action is a hallmark of teen years.
You don’t need the approval of other people to feel good about you. I know this might sound like a very parental thing to say, but it isn’t any less true. On the contrary, there’s a great, important truth in the statement. Don’t give other people the power to define or place value on you. Don’t allow them to decide who you should or shouldn’t be, and then hold you to the standard. If you let people label you, you’ll fall into the trap of always trying to please them. The need to please is a lot like shooting at a moving target.
Though I never really told anyone about it, I spent a great deal of time thinking through the details of my life and worrying about random possibilities. Maybe you have done this, too. I worried about my friends at school. What if they stopped liking me? I worried about my family. What if something happens to one of my parents? I worried about succeeding in school or at one of my activities. What if I’m not good enough? I worried about my future. What if I don’t achieve my dreams? The truth is I worried about anything there was to be worried about.