Thoughts from a stressed 16 year old


Hannah Nguyen

It would be nice to lay in an open field and feel at peace, but as a teenager, you’re probably more likely to slam your head against your desk because of stress.

I’m at this point in my life where all I want to do is lay in an open field, take in the fresh air, and feel at peace for once.

Actually, I kind of want to slam my head on my desk. But the thought was nice.

Have you ever done the sharpest turn on a go kart? That’s exactly how this turning point of my teenage years feels like.

Everything seems to be crashing down on me all at once and I’m just sitting here dodging everything to avoid actual responsibilities. I mean, really, I feel like I just entered kindergarten yesterday. Do you really expect me to try to figure my life out now?

I haven’t even figured out a proper sleep schedule. Did I mention that I occasionally take 8 hour naps? What kind of nap is that?

All jokes aside, I’ve always been told that it’s either too early or just the right time to figure my life out. I’ve always been one to plan everything ahead of time which could quite honestly be a really bad thing or a really good thing. But that’s besides the point.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I had just recently turned 16 and I’m only just beginning to see the realities of life but the constant life questions I get feels like it will never end. I often have people asking: “What classes do you plan on taking next year?” “When do you plan on taking the SATs?” “Do you have a job now?” “Have you gotten your permit yet?” “Do you know what you want to do after high school?”

Geez people! Ever thought about asking someone “how was your day?” instead?

Perhaps it’s just me having a mini quarter life crisis or just me talking about my first world problems but please people, give me a break!

Though on the bright side, I’m slightly glad that this is happening (KEYWORD: slightly) because it’s my own wake up call to experience a new part of my life. What’s that called again? Oh right, growing up. Despite all the stress we all may be going through at this point in our lives, know that something great will come out of it.

At least I hope.

But if you need me, I’ll be closed for business and probably will be taking a break for once.