Between the ages of 13 to 18, you grow up way too quickly, learning what it takes to become an adult. Trying to graduate from high school, getting your first job, having your first love, having your first heartbreak, and figuring out that love is physical as well as mental are all a part of this weird phase. Being a teen is hard for anybody, especially when you are physically challenged.
I admit that I have always been a workaholic. To me, putting my all to my education is the key to success. I really want to go off to college, and become an independent woman who nobody can stop. My goal at the beginning of the year was to get all A’s. After studying hard for the majority of everyday of this year, I reached my goal with the help of some amazing teachers and aides.
Getting your first job is nerve-racking and very ambitious. For me being physically challenged, I was apprehensive of searching for a job because I was fearful that the employers would think I am not capable of holding a job due to my disability. Nevertheless, I was determined to get a summer job. I called a few people before I was successful in getting a job where I would be in charge of writing blogs and newsletters for an organization. This will hopefully be a great opportunity for getting work experience before I graduate.
For any teen, love and sex are totally new and confusing. I am not going to lie. When I had actual real feelings for someone for the first time, I literally freaked out. Trying to figure out what to do with these feelings and figuring out I can express them physically might be the hardest part of me growing up. This is because nobody can teach you how to handle your heart bursting out of your chest. Also, the most difficult thing is knowing fantasy from reality. Your heart might want someone so bad, but your brain knows the reality. When you put them together, it may cause a war inside of you. However, in the end, they will work as a team to find your destiny.
From trying to graduate and getting a job to figuring out what love is, life of a teen and becoming an adult is hard for everybody. When you put a disability in the mix, it adds a lot more stress to normal life. Yet, I want to live my life to the fullest, and find my destiny.
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Hi, Megan! A journey towards adulthood may always come with a lot of challenges. It’s perfectly understandable to through phase where it almost seem impossible your balance – what with all the overwhelming feeling that comes with getting your first job, first love, and heartache. Add to that is worry about employers who may not consider your application due to disability. You were right to prove them wrong in this matter! Your determination is amazing, and I believe that it will be your greatest weapon in combatting these hurdles that come with adulthood. Good luck! Tyron Tanaka @ Low And Canata