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Teenager playtime

By: Courtney Harrington

Each of us is unique, and we all have certain things that help up relieve stress. Never let the harshness of our society prevent you from playing. You never outgrow playing. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hegel

            Every now and again, we all wish we could have one more chance to be a child. Being a high school student myself, it is an often reoccurrence for me to want to go back to my childhood. When I am faced with a stressful or difficult situation, I find myself often longing for my past. You may think that your childhood is forever behind you, however, I am here to tell you that this is not the case.

            When you and I were little kids, it was typically for us to fantasize about what our future would be like. Most of us took part in things such as dress-up or pretending to be a part of some sort of profession such as a teacher or a doctor. I would say that it was a popular saying for little children to claim they could not wait to grow up. Now that I am an 18-year-old, I find myself wishing for my childhood back.

            Teacher Cadet is a class I am currently enrolled in atFortMillHigh School, and one of the topics we discussed recently was the behaviors of children and how they explore and play. It really got me thinking on how we all, as teenagers, still “play.”  It’s not unheard of for teenagers to be embarrassed for admitting to playing. For all of you readers, the word “playing” is not a childish word. I will proudly proclaim that I play each and every day.

           The extracurricular activities we all, at some point, take part in could easily be considered play. Did you go outside and play Ultimate Frisbee or participate in another intramural sport in the past couple of days? Did you play video games or go shopping? Just because we have all aged, does not mean we are not allowed to be a child sometimes. As we all get older, our interests change, and we mature. However, it is okay to feel like you are five again.

           My best friend and I have a fetish for Disney Princesses, and we are confidently proud of that. Honestly, reminiscing about my childhood memories always brightens my day. I also want each of you to know that playing is simply a form of relieving your stress and emotions through something fun. It does not necessarily mean that what you are doing is a childish act. From the bottom of my heart, I am asking you to embrace who you are and the things you enjoy. Each of us is unique, and we all have certain things that help up relieve stress. Never let the harshness of our society prevent you from playing. You never outgrow playing.

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