The Bug: Don’t rush to grow up

Analiz Robledo, The Bug columnist

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This is Analiz Robledo’s first The Bug column.

Look I get it, the rush you get when you get to do things on your own, getting home late at night, dating, going out with your friends, driving, the full package of being a teen.

Here’s some advice, slow down. Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen. We turn 15 and we have our first taste of freedom and we want to do everything with nothing getting in the way.

Don’t rush, although I understand that life throws you curve balls and you have to do your best to roll with the punches, if you had the choice, would you really want to grow up so quickly? ”

— Analiz Robledo

The amount of lessons that you will learn in your teenage years is unimaginable. Listen to those who have already experienced life, they only want to prevent you from losing yourself.
You’re maturing and seeing life from different perspectives, but all will happen at the correct time.

Girls want to start wearing makeup, dressing differently, guys want to start driving and trying new things out. There’s nothing wrong with that, but know where you stand and be safe. People will have opinions, but they don’t matter. At the time you will feel like you need validation from every single person around you, but you don’t.

As much as you want all the freedom in the world, don’t rush to grow up. Enjoy your youth before it’s full of stress and responsibilities that come with the freedom you’re asking for. I understand that it can be annoying to not be taken seriously because of your age, but your time will come.

Everyone is at a different level of maturity. Some of us had to mature at a young age because life showed us the not so pretty sides of life when we were just kids. If you were to ask an adult if they wish they could go back to their teenage years when they didn’t have a care in the world, at least half would say yes.

When I was younger, I always wanted to be older. I couldn’t wait to hit another milestone, but now I realized that often forgot to appreciate the point I was currently at in life. I wanted to be more mature, more grown up. Now, I understand that I just need to go with the flow. My “adult life” can wait.

Don’t rush, although I understand that life throws you curve balls and you have to do your best to roll with the punches. If you had the choice, would you really want to grow up so quickly? Don’t try to run if you’re still learning how to walk. This is the time when you can mess up as much as you want without it affecting your life, you’re growing and learning. These are the years that are shaping us for adulthood. Enjoy them; everything happens when it’s supposed to.