what it was like to be a teenager?
Really what it was like? Not some dreamed-up idealized version of high school where you felt secure, loved, and popular? Because I do. I try to block it out sometimes, but it is there, still haunting me.
I grew up in Dallas, Texas, in an area that some people like to call affectionately “the bubble.” A common misconception is that where there is wealth and conservative values that life is easy, but oh how that is wrong -especially if you are a girl trying to fight your way through high school.
I fared pretty well. I made good grades. I had boatloads of friends (I guess you could call them that, but more accurately I always had lots of people around.) I was actively involved in Younglife & K-Life. I didn’t really drink. I was Associate Editor of the yearbook. I thought drugs were bad. I was elected as a leader of “the” girls’ service organization. I had it together, or that’s what I wanted to believe.
My only “real” battle scar was a year long bout with an eating disorder. And it was a doozy. I had been an overweight child. And fighting for control and acceptance lead me down a path where I dropped literally 50 pounds in a little less than a year. It scared my parents, my friends, and me.
All this to say…high school was a tough place for me to navigate. And I’d imagine that in the fifteen years since I have graduated from high school that has only been magnified. It pains me to think about how difficult life is for teenage girls today.
Please take just a few seconds to watch this video and think about what you can do to transform the life of a teenage girl.
Checkout this website, for the Revolve Tour. They are working hard to impact these struggling young women.
And take a minute to tell me what you remember about high school.