Hello people. Honestly, I don't know where to begin, because my mind is a pool of confusion.
So many things are going on in my mind, things that I find it hard to control; my young growing mind is torn between so many things. Do I keep my mouth shut when my parents yell at me for something I didn't do or do I defend myself?
After all, defending myself is me learning to stand up for myself, but to my parents, that's an act of disrespect, but why should I complain? It's an African household where parents are always right, and children are always wrong only if they would take time to look at issues from our point of view. Am not saying that I am always right, definitely not? The only thing I want as a teenager is a listening ear even when I don't ask for one.
Teenagers in my point of view, take to drugs because they are extremely confused and wish they could have someone to listen to them and guide them without the risk of stigmatization, but this society has forgotten that they were also once teenagers and are too busy to look back and help others.
A teenager would never tell you that they need advice unless you have shown complete loyalty and understanding to them.
I believe teenagers should be given a platform to express their views without the risk of being exposed because at the end of the day, no matter what anyone says, teenagers care about their reputation among their peers.
They have a reputation to uphold, don't gang up on them while trying to help, step by step is a wider option, don't force them to trust you but instead, make them feel like they can trust you.
One more thing, I don't like being compared to other teenagers. Am not going through the same problem that my friend next door is going through, not every teenager is on drugs, some of us just need to be shown love and care and appreciation and most of all that our talents are needed.
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