Thursday, 12 April 2012

Teenage Girls – Golly Times Have Changed

When I was a teenager, these girls were the height of glamour and sophistication.

However, most of us looked a little more like this…

if we were lucky.

Add to that the fact that most of the fifteen year old girls I knew were completely clueless, despite thinking they knew it all. We really did need to have someone sit us down and tell us some hard facts. Not that we’d have listened.

Times really have changed. I know a 21 year old that totally has her feet on the ground more than I think I ever will. I’m constantly grateful that the internet wasn’t around when I was a teenager. I’m so embarrassed about the things I used to do in an effort to be “cool”. (The time I tried to decorate a pair of knee length, jeans cut offs in a Woodstock style and drew all my peace signs as a Mercedes Benz logo. Doh!) I thank the universe daily that social media wasn’t around when I was that age! You can’t take those Facebook posts back!!

I can barely get a grip on all my different media sources as a 35 year old. It comes at me from all directions and barrages me and I have to sift through and get rid of all the stuff I don’t want permeating my brain. There was no way I could do that with a vague sense of maturity when I was fifteen.

This brings me to my wonderment at the following video. People that know me well know that I don’t much care for young people. They’ll all be shocked when I say that I wish I was half as cool as this girl when I was fifteen. Heck, even now!!! A fifteen year old that’s aware that she doesn’t know it all, that can do a coherent presentation in front of large crowds and has a grounded, modern grasp on feminism. Oh, and she’s uber stylish.

If only more teenagers took a leaf out of Tavi’s book. I know the girls I meet locally could really use a dose of her medicine.

Tavi Gevinson: Still Figuring It Out


Rebecca xxx

1 comment:

Jan said...

You should try living with one! My daughter is 16, and whilst I am struggling with ageing in general I am living with a personification of instant cool, she is longer, leaner, and definately smarter than I ever was - the most galling thing? putting my checked shirt and skinnies and thinking looking goooood....and then seeing my daughter looking infinately better :(