Staring at the mirror to only look away after hours of contemplating our own existence, isn’t this a scenario we as teenagers have faced or are facing?
"Does my body size fit into the measurements of the society or does my happy go lucky nature term me as an easy person?" and the list continues to not end at any one question but start a string of new topics every time someone stares at you.
Tarnishing our self esteem and these societal standards have started barging into our mind and body leaving no stone unturned to make us feel inferior.
Adopting a certain set of practices to be called as a 'mature being' or shredding our own selves to fulfill the norms of being a teenager do not seem worth it if it asks you to lose your sanity.
The present era in which we are merely termed as puppets of trends, the vogue of presenting a perfect picture takes a toll on our mental as well as physical health. Prevalent mostly in early stages of adulthood, people- pleasing attitude at the cost of our own mental peace is doing the rounds for quite a long time.
How parents want their child to look like is based more upon the need to satiate the norms of the society which develops the children to become mere puppets in the real world. And how western influences have shaped the mindset of teenagers is something that the society should be worried about because working at the age of sixteen is common in western countries whereas stepping out of our homes without prior permission from parents is termed as an offence.
Teenagers are often seen getting torn between what their parents expect them to be, what their friends look for in them and what they really aspire to be. Mental trauma at such a tender age can aggravate from even the slightest of an incident and can take the shape of a ghost following them around like a shadow.
"Does my shirt have wrinkles or is my skirt of dignified length?" may seem like everyday questions we come across but these may exaggerate the already confidence-lacking teenager to bury himself/herself down under the eyes of flag bearers of standardisation.
It is high time that we focus more on what these teenagers aspire to be rather than burdening them with what society expects them to be.
They are at a crucial stage of their life advancing which they enter into a world where only their own identity can survive and not the standards that were set for them.
Written By - Chehak Mehra
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