I hate the thought of giving up everything you loved when you were a child. Anymore teens and pre-teens especially are pressured to give up things they enjoy and like because it's "not cool" when you get to high school. Who said you can't still enjoy something you like when you're a teenager?
What prompted this thought you may ask? The other day a guy got hired at my work with a daughter. His daughter collects Monster High dolls, but she was scared to buy any in front of anyone or have her dad tell her friends.
Not too long after I heard this conversation, a woman probably in her early twenties came up to the Monster High Dolls as well. I heard her whisper to her friend, "People think I'm really weird.. but I collect Monster High Dolls." The woman looked at the dolls with fascination, much like a child would in a toy store. You could hear in her voice genuine happiness when she looked at them. Which brought the question to my mind, why do adults have to feel like its wrong for them to buy what they want?
My teenage life would probably surprise you. I had a ton of "friends" and was always out with someone doing something. It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I began to realize that I was being completely fake. Okay- so maybe I knew I was being fake before then. I was the "mean" girl so to speak, but after all was said and done no one really knew me. None of the "friends" I had could've named a single thing that would interest me, most didn't even know I'd ever played a video game or had any interests at all.
Since my teenage years I have been very blessed, however. I've met people I can truly relate to that enjoy many of the same things I do. It's been a rather recent discovery, but I've made friends that I can truly call friends. Having friends that you don't need to worry about judging you or making fun of you is incredibly important, and it's not just because it's always nice to have someone you can relate to!
Though it may sound like bad thing, the "friends" I spent a better portion of my life with when I was in high school I no longer talk to. When I see them it feels awkward and our meetings are brief. If we try to talk to each other over text or phone calls, none of us can hit it off. In reality people grow up at different rates. Some of the people I knew from high school already have kids and are married *most unhappily I might add*, others are still kids themselves. Almost everyone has dropped out of college.
I'm writing this post not just for adults, but for teenagers and younger as well. Don't ever give up on what you like because you're afraid it might make someone not like you. If someone doesn't like you because of what you like they aren't worth your time, and if someone makes fun of you it's just because they aren't confident enough in themselves to enjoy what they like. High school and younger life is a challenge without a doubt. People are extremely judgmental and it can be scary to be yourself, but it's worth it. It may not seem like it now, but in the long run what do these people mean to you and what will they mean to you in ten years?
Of course our pasts are our pasts, no getting rid of that. We know who we know and that can't be changed, just as we will meet who we meet. That being said, you're allowed to have your own opinion and not be ashamed of it.
Stay strong everyone! It's okay to be who you are. You being yourself makes you the best person you could possibly be. :) I hope all of this makes sense!