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Words of Wisdom on How to Survive Your Teens

June 14, 2017 | Posted by Karina Rovey

Sometimes it can feel like we’re lost in the teenage world without a map. Choices to be considered, decisions to be made. We often get so stuck in the little struggles of teenager-dom that we fail to see the bigger picture.

But the thing we sometimes forget to realize is that we do have a map: all of the older people around us who have already ridden the teenage roller coaster–and have finished the ride wiser.

These people are an invaluable resource to us.

Based on this idea, I decided to ask a variety of older people I know this question: “If you could give your teenage self one piece of advice, what would it be?”

So, containing advice from parents, teachers and friends, here is a letter to those like you and me from those who survived their teen years.

Dear Adolescent Me,

Have patience. It’s a trait that needs to be practiced and developed but it honestly does get you far in the world. This can be patience with your parents, with your teachers or with your friends, but it’s most important to be patient with the Lord. Everything will happen in His time and place, even if things don’t seem to be going according to your plan.

Make sure to take advantage of the time you have with your family. Though you may feel like it’s “uncool” or you’d rather be with your friends, you never know when family members will no longer be with you.

Never lose confidence in what you believe is right. Stand up for your beliefs with conviction, even if you’re outnumbered. Also, don’t automatically assume that other people are smarter or more “right” than you are. It’s not good to be arrogant, but be confident in yourself.

Cool is a matter of opinion. What and who is “cool” will change over time. Just be yourself and be proud of who you are, no matter what others think.


Your Future Self

What piece of advice would you give your teenage self? Please share in the comments below.

Karina Rovey
Hi there. I’m Karina and I’m a sophomore in high school from Tennessee. I love Jesus, acting, playing guitar and traveling with my family. I am honored and excited to be a part of the World Changers team!