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Adults how were you in your teen years? Teens how is yours going?
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Posted 1/28/13 , edited 1/28/13
I was shy and socially awkward in my early teens but as I got older I grew out of it (mostly due to my little brother). My first two years of HS were lame but once I moved back home to NY, I had the time of my life. I reconnected with a lot of people I grew up with and still talk to most of them to this day.
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When I first got into high school, Year 7 and 8 were really bad, I was a pretty chubby kid so got bullied by a lot of older people in the later years. Once I got into Year 10/11 I got a lot taller, puberty etc and I was really glad I did get bullied in Yr 7 and 8 by older kids, It's made me literally brush off anything which is supposed to be spiteful.

In college now and it's all pretty good, new friendship groups and that shit, so good I guess.
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I tried so hard in school only to graduate to lose all of the things that motivated me ... so know its a battle to find things that help me through my life. My advice to you is to set goal you can really reach and be who you want to be not who others want you to be...
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My teen years, sum'ed up:
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Whats wrong with Ireland... my friend is from there and she loves it =/
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Shy and socially awkward in my teens. Spent a lot of time playing video games and watching anime.
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mhe school was a out cast thing for me like live me alone

shy
desperation
some othere shit
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From reading many of these posts it's apparent growing up teen has not changed much, if at all. Best adjective for growing up teen in the '60's: melancholy. Best anime depicting my life from age 15 to age 22-post college is 5 Centimeters/Second. All you have to do is change the scenery just a little, everything else that occurs in that show is an accurate depiction.

Twenties to early Thirties: bought myself employment since I had no influential friends or connections. Owned and drove an 18-wheeler for almost 10 years throughout all 48-states and Canada the year 'round. I got home 4x a year. Lifestyle was a great relationship killer. I watched it destroy many marriages and the nuclear family structure of those owner-operators I cared or took the time to know; those that managed to save their relationship had to make the choice to leave the OTR business. I managed to cultivate a few really excellent friendships from those times out in the Pacific Northwest and we still remain connected.

mid-Thirties to mid-Forties: awful decade, probably would've been better off dead. Gave up trucking as there was no longer any money being in it. While working part-time I went back to college to re-invent myself and earn, oh no, another degree in something contemporary and useful: CAD Drafting. Landed a decent job for an aluminum manufacturer of mullions for commercial storefronts and high-rise buildings. Sound boring, it wasn't. This should have been the beginning of the story book happy ending. It was not.

mid-life crisis: In order to stay sane in trucking I managed to convince myself over time that if few of my trucker friends could successfully sustain a marriage and/or relationship while over the road I probably wouldn't be able to either so don't bother socializing, ever. I recall the few times I violated this self-imposed contract with the self and did try to date (when I was home for a week) most of my connections were honest about their feelings and all suggested the truck would have to be sold if contact beyond platonic was to proceed to the next level. I understood their concern and respected their opinion. My social score always ended the same: Truck 1, Lady friend 0.

When I got the drafting job I thought my hobbies and interests would carry me through and I could continue down the path as a self-sustaining, well-paid loner. Six months into this career path I had to metamorphosize. The old ways needed to be shed. I managed to overcome my fear generated by all that negative self-talk meeting the opposite gender. I was on my way to reinventing myself. I met and dated a lot of women. My friends worried about me because that's all I did. I gave up my usual hobbies to catch up on what I missed from age 15 on. Along the way I learned a lot about others, about myself. Did meet 1 interesting lady that I tried to marry. She chose someone else but before she committed to him she told me some interesting things about my life situation, my psyche, my ego, my alter ego, and why she could not choose me not matter what her intuition suggested.

mid-life crisis, round 2: She was right. We both knew it but it took me awhile to realize that. Left the job my ego liked but which I really, really hated deep down. Went back to trucking but driving someone else's equipment this time, not mine. Bad idea. Left after 2 years putting up with morons. More focused this time I went back to college, again, for graduate work in Psychology. The premise was to reinvent myself to become more active in the community, become a giver, become a being so worthy someone might want to marry....what was I thinking?

Gosh, I learned a lot about the human mind, people's habits during that training period but still I felt something lacking within myself. I came to realize I was creating a pattern in my life with no practical end, just a continous downward spiral of numb punctuated infrequently by depression and self-loathing. The light at the end of the tunnel for me and my self-esteem came from a part-time job I got working with mentally-challenged individuals via an agency that supervised their welfare. The pay sucked but the intrinsic reward gleaned from doing something neccessary for someone else paid dividends to my sense of self-worth continuously. I became a person transformed.

Long story short: Never finished this degree. My mother contracted pancreatic cancer and I, the lonely only, opted to care for her the final 2 years she was on this planet. She had the means to afford a female care-giver who was a God-send and together we did our best to make her comfortable. She had a sizeable estate from which I am enjoying those fruits from her years of labor. The internet has been transformative in a good way also. At age 58 I did find someone special. We still live in wedded bliss after 6+ years of marriage, Thank you, eHarmony.

The anime discovery started from channel surfing cable at a motel somewhere out west. I was waiting out a severe snowstorm and was bored. Then I latched onto Tenchi Muyo and DBZ airings on Turner Broadcasting's Toonami. I'll let you figure out the rest of the story....





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I had no self confidence in those years. In jr. high that helped people in bullying me everyday. I remember crying a lot. I did make some friends that would stay through high school though. We were the quiet bunch that had a blast with our massive amount of esoteric-ness. Even today we still ramble on for hours about things that may or may not have happened and the parties that have no knowledge of any of it are prone to make all sorts of conclusions. Later in high school, we became more rebellious and even more weird. As an example, we gave a present of banana sauce (the red kind from Asia...), 5 lbs of individual creamers and a large box of packing peanuts as a gift for one of the friends moving away. They don't mean anything, but dammit it was totally better than some card. I eventually went the goth/punk way for a while to go along with our rebellious ways. When I moved away for college, I still stayed partially in that rebellious state. Apparently most people in the complex I was staying in thought I was really strange, which led to a new friend who wanted to get to know me more. I'm not really like that anymore, but sometimes I look at all the pictures I took during that time, and am really happy I made the friends I did.
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right now im just a normal teen, well not really my obsession with anime and video games make me fade out of reality because its lame. some of the lower class men at my school say im one of the popular kids at our highschool and they said it weird because i like anime and im not afraid to admit it. but i dont like to see my self that way. i hang out with whatever crowed. i mainly hang with my 4 main friends who are my videogame friends and there bit of sports nuts which i just drown out because im not that big int sports and the friends i hang with. then theres my friend who like to get in trouble and party, i dont really hang with them much but i talk to them in school all the time. and i have the 3 friends i talk to only at school i dont know why i dont talk to these guys outside of school but there the ones that like anime to so im good friends with them as well. so i guess im a complicated teenager because i dont really belong to a specific group
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Posted 1/28/13

romanmink wrote:

Well even if I am of age now I guess I'm still a teen.
At 13/14 I was in my 9th grade year. I left school due to other kids annoying me and attended school online. I sat at home most of the day always finishing my work early to go watch anime or play video games. At 14/15 I studied abroad at my Grandpa's in Japan. While my parents had a young girl study abroad from London. I attended a normal school with normal kids for a year. I was the foreigner. At 15/16 I was back at home. I skipped 11th and became a senior. I went through that year focusing on school. At 16/17 I went to study culinary arts. Not much happened that year other then I was living on my own with that girl Aged 20. At 17/18 I went back to Japan to finish my schooling.

Now I am a Japanese Chef and work the order out/To-go grill and the sushi bar at Hibachi style restaurant. I have my own condo and car and live fairly easy with my roommate. That's a glimpse into my life


Don't get the wrong idea or anything, but i am really jealous of your success! :p I hope you keep it up.
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Posted 1/28/13

sambhav11 wrote:


romanmink wrote:

Well even if I am of age now I guess I'm still a teen.
At 13/14 I was in my 9th grade year. I left school due to other kids annoying me and attended school online. I sat at home most of the day always finishing my work early to go watch anime or play video games. At 14/15 I studied abroad at my Grandpa's in Japan. While my parents had a young girl study abroad from London. I attended a normal school with normal kids for a year. I was the foreigner. At 15/16 I was back at home. I skipped 11th and became a senior. I went through that year focusing on school. At 16/17 I went to study culinary arts. Not much happened that year other then I was living on my own with that girl Aged 20. At 17/18 I went back to Japan to finish my schooling.

Now I am a Japanese Chef and work the order out/To-go grill and the sushi bar at Hibachi style restaurant. I have my own condo and car and live fairly easy with my roommate. That's a glimpse into my life


Don't get the wrong idea or anything, but i am really jealous of your success! :p I hope you keep it up.


HahaXD ty ty But even success comes with sacrifice. Life goes on though ^.^
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I was a holy terror as a teen and I'm sure my Mother thought I was a lost cause. I dropped out of school and did a lot a things that I shouldn't have. My Dad wasn't around much, and when he was it wasn't good. His influence and opinion were irrelevant at best, and also a big part of why I was such a shit head. Around the age of 18/19 I just had an epiphany of sorts and realized I didn't want to be a bastard and have an empty hollow life. Now I'm educated and have had several successful and well paying jobs. I'm also no longer a punk ass fucker and a pretty cool cat IMO... "toots own horn while patting own back"
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24 / F / Georgia
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Posted 1/29/13
I was more childish, naive and sane in my teens.
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27 / M / Gotham City
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Well, when I was a teenager, I was much more trusting and optimistic. I also had - hmm...what are they called again? Oh yeah, FEELINGS.
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