«Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment» (Ecclesiastes 11:9).
ADOLESCENCE is a stage full of emotions and discoveries; it’s a time to leave behind childhood and start making some responsible decisions. In this process you discover a new image of yourself when you are in front of the mirror. And not only that, but you also experience new emotions, new ways of feeling and living. Undoubtedly, it’s a stage that you will remember the rest of your life and that will greatly determine your future. That’ why it’s important to be cautious and prudent.
Yes, be cautious and prudent about what you do, think, and feel during your teenage years. Of course, in all this you are not alone. When in doubt, go to your parents and people who are respectful and trustworthy. Most teenage girls want to «take a bite out of life» and they are dragged by their peers to live experiences for which they are not prepared. Premature courtship, stubborn pursuit of independence, and a desire to experience new emotions can lead you to the edge of the precipice and, at worst, to death.
Check out these tips that might help you during this stage:
What the majority says isn’t always best.
Don’t get carried away by lifestyles that don’t match the values you’ve learned in your home.
Adults are not outdated; they just have experience. Listen to their advice.
Surround yourself with friends who think and live according to die gospel principles and values.
Be careful in managing social media.
Don’t complain about everything, life takes effort and a lot of work.
Don’t blame your parents for your misconduct.
Smoking, drinking alcohol, and drugs don’t make you an adult; they make you an «addict.»
Don’t forget Solomons counsel: «He who digs a pit will fall into it» (Ecclesiastes 10:8).
My dear young friend, build your life wisely, now is the time.