The teen years can be really tough. There’s a lot of pressure on teenagers in 2013, from academics to sports and especially social lives. After all, you definitely need friends and a boyfriend/girlfriend.
This non-stop pressure can lead to anxiety and self-consciousness as teens try to please everyone from friends to parents to teachers and just about everyone else in their lives.
If this sounds like you, then you already know that trying to please everyone and managing their expectations can lead to a lot of stress on a regular basis. This is especially a problem because pleasing parents and teachers can be very different than pleasing friends. Lots of teens are caught in the middle.
While it’s important to always do the right thing and not get in trouble, you’re not always going to have your parents and teachers over you telling you what to do. You’re going to have to be self-motivated and find your own ways to be inspired. There won’t always be people micro-managing your choices.
That’s why there are moments when you have to rise above the stress and drama and ignore the people pulling you in multiple directions. In those moments, you sometimes just need to please yourself first and foremost.
In other words, pursue what you know to be the right and best path for you. While you should always respect and solicit the opinions of others, it’s ultimately your life that you have to live. There are moments that you have to put yourself first and tell others (politely) that you have to butt out!
So, when you get all stressed out from people pulling you in multiple directions, take a deep breath and sometimes just please yourself. You’ll feel a lot better if you do.