Teen years have brought on a degree of disillusionment

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Remember when being a kid was fun? Those days were priceless; there was no pressure and life was easy.

Now that I've reached so-called maturity, teenage life seems boring.

I once thought being 18 was "wow" and that high school kids looked so sophisticated. Driving looked like heaven and dating seemed passionate.

I think now that I'd rather be in middle school pretending to be older.

What's sad about high school is everyone is trying to "find themselves" and expecting a definite label, or succumbing to a meaningless stereotype without embracing individuality.

Kids I grew up with walk around pregnant, boasting about immoral lifestyles or drop out of school. Some of those same kids were once at the top of the class.

If college is the place where you discover what you want to be, high school must be where you find out who you want to be.

Some of the best times of my high school career were when I reminisced about older days, like when Doug and Rocko's Modern Life were cool instead of cigarettes, and having a Gigapet or a yo-yo was more popular than an STD.

High school did me a disservice. I learned calculus, I learned CPR and how to take blood pressure; I learned how to balance equations and how to open a locker, but I didn't learn anything about myself. I kept the same friends, met nice people and did fun things.

Yet that's what I wanted, that's what we all should want. The entire world around you may alter, but don't allow that to determine who you are.

Vitamin C's song, Graduation (Friends Forever) makes me smile since it talks about teenage life changing. Things won't be like they once were, and we have to accept that; I had to accept that.

Our jokes may not be as funny 20 years from now, the homecoming queen may be ugly and wrinkled. The kid who dropped out may get a big break and make the big money. Just remember that if you know who you are, being you will always be the same.

William Fleming is a senior at Jefferson County High School

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