Society does change and shape us, especially whilst we are adolescents

March 5, 2018
Society does change and shape us, especially whilst we are adolescents

I remember throughout my younger years of high school, when I was about 14-16 I was so focused on everyone else and on social media that I never really found a great passion or who I really was. I mean I still did a variety of activities and was social but all of my choices were influenced by others.

I remember that I use to straighten my hair literally every day and started to wear eye liner and lip gloss because I believed I looked prettier with straight hair than my natural curly hair. I started changing myself to feel excepted and desired to be like the popular, ‘normal’ Australian teen.

I hung out with a bunch of girls that for the most part were nice, but out of all of them I have only stayed in touch with two. The rest of those girls were people I now look back and can’t believe I let use and control me and that they were people I almost spent everyday with. I allowed social media and current social trends change my opinion and I blindly followed.

During the rest of high school, I experienced what I guess most teenage girls go through. I tried to continuously change myself so I could ‘fit in’. However, now looking back on the last years of high school I wish I didn’t care what others thought of me. I bought specific brands of clothes that were in fashion. I wanted to be skinner, so I went on heaps of different diets and exercise plans. I started wearing more and more make up because I thought it made me more beautiful. I was always jealous of my friends that were skinny, tall and looked like models. They always received so much attention and it seemed like everyone liked them. I wish now, looking back that I had a different perspective and didn’t see everyone, including myself through this materialistic lens that made me less and less of the person I wanted to be.

Honestly, it wasn’t until I finished high school, started to go to university, finished university, started working a lot more, and started travelling that I started to grow in myself, and made choices based on what I believed, not from anyone else.

I became vegetarian (such a foreign/ unthinkable concept, until university).

I became more aware and passionate about environmental issues.

The more I think about it, over the last few years I have chosen to loose contact or end friendships with people that have been negative in my life. I have started to stand up for myself and have become extremely passionate about world issues such us womens rights, human rights and world poverty. I am so grateful for all the topics I learnt at university and became aware of, these have helped shape the person I am and the person I want to be.

I have started questioning everything I was taught to believe and what society makes everyone believe is normal and made a stand in making my own, independent choices.

 

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Judy Levshin March 8, 2018 - 7:33 PM

It is a great gift that you are blessed with at 21 years old that you have such a thankful heart in the appreciation and care for God’s creation. Always remember that you are a beautiful person inside and out. You have been touched in your heart with compassion and empathy for all of God’s creation. Use your gifts well and always be ready to help others see the awesomeness of our world. Love always, mum.

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