I found it exceedingly ironic when I was selected to write for Verbatim as one of the reasons for the feature was to give people an idea of what it's like to be a teen today.
I'm a teenager -- yet I am utterly clueless as to what it's like for teenagers today. You see I'm home-schooled and my family doesn't go to a church or have any family friends. Often, I don't get to talk to anyone near my age for a month or more, not counting my siblings.
My ideas as to what it's like to be a modern teenager come from the books I read. I put together my observations from the books with my observations from real life. I actually do have some things in common with other teens. I expect I have the same insecurities and fears as them. I spend my weekdays doing school and chores. People treat me just like they treat other teenagers, either like a 5-year-old or an adult.
At the same time, I don't really fit in with most peoples conceptions of teenagers. I don't have a cellphone or computer. I rarely text or talk on the phone and I only get to get online a couple times a month -- though I wish it was more as I'm not good with technology.
I prefer being outside or reading to playing video games. I enjoy hanging out with my aunts and grandparents. I'm not obsessed with boys or looks. I believe there are other teens like me, I just haven't met them yet.
I believe that a lot of people have preconceived ideas about teenagers and it upsets me. I am sometimes unhappy that I won't get to experience a "normal" teen life, but I am also grateful that I've had a chance to appreciate the finer things of life.
This article is the opinion of Faith Amend. Amend is a freshman at Fireweed Home-school.
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