The Turbulent Teens
by Jordanna Drego
As I approached my teen years, I heard a lot of people say
You are now approaching adolescence, be careful all the way.
My parents too they cautioned me, you need to be careful son
It’s the hormones your body generates
That brings out the rebel in one.
I know they mean well for me
They often see it around
The lack of respect in teens today
For their parents, teachers, professors & nearly everyone.
The aggressiveness that comes out is evident to see
The way they answer back.
Their speech unfortunately gets tainted too
With swear words which they never lack.
Their wardrobe never seems to be enough
They want the latest brands
It costs the earth, but they seem unfazed
It’s going out from mum & dad.
The teens they seem to love it
This way of life I mean
You must be cool man, I hear them say
It’s the IN thing.
This grim scenario was my lot, I thought
As I approached my teens
But then again I had a choice to make
Did I really want to be like these?
I began to ponder and think
Life was wonderful all along
I got on fairly well at home and school
With respect, obedience, love, tolerance for everyone.
Why should I let these hormones affect me?
I am now prepared for them
I’d rather be like I was before
Living in harmony with everyone.
So my 13th birthday it came & went
And I’m still the same old lad.
I’m secure in taking direction from those above me
Knowing that they know best & I’m loved & cared.
And so these words to you parents & friends
Who are afraid of the turbulent teens
It’s what you make of it, you have a choice
And I’ve chosen the better deal.