Whirligig Introductory Assignment – Aleana Labrador

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I’m 15 and I’m not sure about all the other 15-year-old, but I hardly know who I am.  From a young and I’ve lived with such high expectations coming from school, my family, friends and many other things. The pressure I feel when I want to do someone proud or want to succeed is a great amount. Each year goes by so quickly and each year the anxiety, stress and pressure to succeed just becomes more and more. All these emotions pile up so fast that it becomes so easy to breakdown.

School causes so much stress in my life. Trying to balance your outside life with your school life can be exhausting. I know many people my age who are doing amazing in school and can balance their schedules. They also seem to know what they want to be and where they want to go after they graduate. I myself am fighting to get good grades, and have no idea what I want to be. Much more stress is added onto this when family and relatives are constantly asking “want do you want to be” and when I answer with “I don’t know” they always seem to say “that’s no good, you’re almost done school, you shouldn’t be like this.” Luckily I have parents who I know will support me with my decisions, and by saying this I don’t want disappoint them.

I know for a fact that most teenagers feel as if they are never good enough. We all want to the rocks that turn into diamonds, with the right amount of pressure we learn to shine. But many of us feel like there are been too much pressure added and start to crack. And as we start to crack we feel hopeless, and looking for temporary happiness. Whether it’s a drink, or a pill, or what ever it may be, it won’t take long until what ever happiness these things bring you, until they destroy you.