Growing Up



Growing up can be very exciting, you want to be like mom and dad at all cost and do all the things adults do. Teen’s years are the most challenging part… cos at this stage, loads of changes and transformation starts to take place, some of which you can understand, while you can’t understand some due to limited knowledge at this stage of life.

There is tendency to want to explore as they say youthful exorbitance and in the process there is the good, bad and the ugly part. This mold and shape our lives for the best or the worst depending on how it is handled. There is also the freedom aspect; most teens gain their so called ‘freedom’ at this stage of life, when they get admission in to the university. Free for all games begins, after all mom and dad is no longer there to stalk them. Some actually get their fingers burnt in the process while some learn in the hard way. So many pranks are played at this stage, wild parties, a lot of teens starts drinking and smoking too, there’s the manipulative thing too and the mixed feeling of been a teen and wanting to do what adults do as well as living actually like an adult should, been responsible for your actions and inactions, parents call it composure, behaving yourself, right?! I know most teens actually remember this phrase “ranti omo eni ti o nse” i.e. remember the child of whom you are (every parent proud of the good upbringing of their child is apt to use this phrase). Think before you act and act right and wisely.

Also, there are so many challenges to overcome, such as peer pressure, vices, laziness, and the likes. If caution is not thrown to the wind, then your background training should see you through this stage of life such that you will come out shining and responsible, but on the contrary if the ‘freedom’ gets to your head, then all caution can be lost. It is worthy of note that some teens deliberately decide to turn out bad, which is posing a rebellious attitude to get at their parent. If the parents had failed in their responsibility in more ways than one or if the parents had not been sensitive to the child’s need or ways in correcting the child had been brutal, the child might turn out rebellious. However, a child might be rebellious irrespective of the good upbringing by the parents due to bad company, peer pressure and destiny.
Talking about teens playing pranks I remember this incidence when a mummy asked a teen to recite an old Yoruba poetry teaching the morals of hard work:
The correct version:
Mura si ise ore mi
Ise lon gbeni de bi giga
Ti a ko ba ri eni feyin ti
Bi ole lan ri
Bi a ko ba ri eni gbe ke le
A tera mo ise eni ni…
The teenager’s version:
Mura si ise ore mi
Ise lon gbeni de bi giga
Ti a ko ba ri eni feyin ti
Gongo a so
Bi a ko ba ri eni gbe ke le
Kutuku a hun

Written By Morenike Jibowu


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