Not A Typical Teenager: December 2014

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Build Up

I love Christmas. Christmas is a time to spend with family and to enjoy being together. Personally I think that the build up is the best part because there's lots of excitement around and town is so busy because everyone is preparing for one of the best days of the year. Of course many children look forward to Christmas because of the promise of presents and gifts. That's the issue with Christmas these days: it's become heavily commercialised and very materialistic.

This is a massive issue. No matter what you buy children, they will always want more. Nothing you give them will ever satisfy their craving. They want everything, even the thing that they won't use and will just sit on their floor all year until eventually they agree to put part with them and something in pristine condition that has never been used ends up on eBay or in a local charity shop. (I'm not saying that it's a bad thing that things are given to local charity shops, but parents get frustrated that all that money was spent on something that hasn't even been used).

The issue is only going to get worse. Companies are going to bring out new toys and kids are going to want them. Parents feel like they have to buy for their kids because everyone else is buying for their kids and they do not want their kids to feel left out or to have less than all of the other kids.

I just think we need to teach children to appreciate what they already have and what they are given. 

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Future

So in the UK, when you reach year 11, you can either choose to stay on for sixth form or go on to a job or an apprenticeship. I am going to choose to pursue further education in a sixth form. However, last year, the sixth form in my school shut down and a college for sixth form opened up instead.

This is a big deal as I wanted to stay in school for sixth form. Now I have to pick whether or not I want to attend the college or go to another sixth form. The college is brand new and got gorgeous new facilities for music and science.

But, to be honest, at the minute I am leaning towards a school.

The sixth form results from the college were released for the first year in August, and they werein the most part good: except for maths, and thats what I want to do. I think a school environment is a far better place to learn at a sixth form level than in a college where anyone could be say next to you in your classes.

Anyway, it's a new experienc and an exciting one

Stay Un-typical

Ashleigh xxx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Dismissal of Everything

As a teenager, I have kind of become used to being constantly dismissed. About a lot of things, but one thing has got to me recently.

So, I have a boyfriend. We haven't been together for absolutely ages. In fact, it's only now coming up to 3 months, but before we got together we were friends for about a year and a half. When we were just friends people would say "you can't be close friends with a boy. You may aswell get together.", and now that we have actually gotten together, people have been saying that it's "just young love" and that I should be preparing myself for my first heartbreak (mostly adults saying this)

I'm sorry, does my relationship bother you? Is it any of your business? No? Then it shouldn't matterto you. Just because we are young doesn't make this relationship any less serious than if we were 20 or 30 or 80. Being young doesn't change feelings. Saying that I'm to young to have a strong feeling is a ridiculous excuse. If I have the capacity to hate people, surely I have the capacity to love people too. Isn't love just the exact opposite of a feeling of hate. That's how it's always described to us as kids. That if you dislike someone enough you can call it a feeling of hate and if you like someone enough, you can call it a feeling of love.

Obviously I do believe that you can feel different kinds of love e.g. love for family, love for a friend and romantic love. These are all just different types of the same feeling and I am perfectly capable of feeling all of them.

I began going out with my boyfriend just under 3 months ago, and things are actually going really well. He's really sweet and cute. He is absolutely fantastic and we have been through a lot together (mostly before we started seeing). He is always there for me and we can have a laugh. Would I say this is love? Well, if normal teenagers can't feel love, then I'd say I'm not a typical teenager (please excuse the cheese).

Stay un-typical

Ashleigh xxx