A Teenage Perspective: Q&A Collab With Erin @KittyJadeBlog

Hey there people,

Today I bring you a Q&A collab with Erin from KittyJadeBlog. We’ll both be sharing our experiences, opinions and thoughts on the world around us, all from a teenage perspective. To read my answers to Erin’s questions, head over to her blog– be sure to follow, she’s a talented writer and her posts always give me something to think about.

What do you believe are the biggest challenges facing young people in our society?

I know from experience that comparison is one of them. Just looking through your best friend’s story on Snapchat can trigger a certain nerve in your brain that says ‘I wish I was having a day out with my friends’ or ‘I wish I looked as good as her’ etc. Instagram also does this, but you have got to think: would you post a selfie of yourself when you are having a really bad day? Would you not edit your photo before you post it? No one is perfect, no one is not insecure about something (external or internal) and if they did love every bit of themselves every day – they would be vain.

This is very clichè but: when you are happy this won’t matter. Consider your feelings over your body. This is how you are made and you can’t change things (without spending loads of money) about the skin and bone. Maybe take a break from the mirror, the selfie camera, and see the difference.

What do you find most frustrating about the society we live in?

At the moment I am at an age where either you are mature, sensible and hardworking or time-wasting, immature and foolish. I know where I kind of fit in. I go to school and I see people in my form wasting their education because they ‘can’t be bothered’. They are ungrateful for this free education that they have and never considering someone who doesn’t have an education and wants one. So my main frustration is ungratefulness. It is hypocritical of me to say that but if we could change the importance of money and put happiness there instead I think that people would be more grateful. Young people don’t work as much to live nowadays (in certain countries, like England for example) and obviously you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

If I could change one thing, it would be to get people bothering again – rather than can’t be bothered.

What are your plans for the future?

I have only ever been to two continents (Europe and America) so one big thing of my ‘bucket’ list would be to travel and try to explore every continent of the world. In my near future is university. I would like to study politics and English but I’m not sure what the outcome of that would be. Art is another thing that would be an option I could potentially succeed in but the subject would be a hobby, not a career choice. Or maybe it will. I don’t like to plan too far ahead; it will kick me in the butt.

Tell us something you have read/experienced/heard about that has changed the way you have lived your life?

Over the years of my life, many things have influenced me and had a great impression on me. I do not think I could narrow it down to one thing. People obviously play a big part in all of our lives and my biggest influence is the one thing I have grown up with: school. I am so super grateful that I have the opportunity for a free education at the moment and I appreciate the influences that it has on me: so many experiences available, so many people I can see and good and bad influences clearly separated.

If the whole world was listening to you for a couple of minutes and you had their full attention, what would you say?

I love this question. Despite having this great opportunity, I would probably be speechless. There are so many different people in the world and I would want to offend anyone – so I’d probably stay silent. Maybe an awkward ‘hello’? Probably just a smile.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out Erin’s blog to read my answers to her questions.

Now, tell us your thoughts! Discussions welcome in the comments section down below. We wanna hear your answers…from your perspective….

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39 thoughts on “A Teenage Perspective: Q&A Collab With Erin @KittyJadeBlog

  1. Wow I love this- so thought inspiring and so many amazing points that I’m definitely going to take away with me and reflect upon. I just stumbled across your blog and have found it very inspiring- I’ve just followed and can’t wait to read more of your posts! I have also just published a new blog post talking about my new YouTube channel- if you have any spare time, I would really appreciate it if you could give it a read and give me some feedback. If not, don’t worry! 🙂 Talk to you again soon, Rosie x

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  2. Hi Gracie and Erin!

    I’m an old guy who reads just about everybody’s blog that he has time to read — including young folk’s blogs. You young people give me hints of what the future world will be like, you see.

    Have you ever heard of Bonnie Ware? I’m guessing you have not. Erin’s answer to the biggest challenges question put me in mind of Ware.

    She was an end-of-life nurse. She took care of people during the last weeks of their lives. Bonnie also started interviewing them, asking them questions about what they thought they did right, and what they thought they did wrong.

    I was surprised to learn from Bonnie that the number one regret most people had was NOT that they wished they’d been happier. That’s what I thought people would say. But it wasn’t the number one regret at all.

    The biggest thing dying people wished they had done better was be true to themselves. They wished they had been truer to themselves. They said they had spent too much of their lives trying to live up to other people’s standards, rather than live up to their own standards.

    They had spent too much time trying to be as smart as someone else. Or trying to be as pretty as someone else. Or trying to be as athletic as someone else.

    What they had not done right, they told Bonnie, is they had not just tried to be themselves.

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    • Hi Paul,
      Thank you for your comment! That’s so interesting and it’s great that things like this are shared – especially with my generation. We’re still young so we have the opportunity to live our lives the way we choose and I think it’s important that we learn from older generations and what they wish they’d done more of or what they regret.

      Thanks again,
      Gracie

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      • This is what I have seen in my own life and in my observations of other people, Gracie. Once someone leaves childhood like you have, and gets into adolescence, they almost immediately come up against one of the biggest challenges of life. How do they balance — how do they juggle — the needs of other people with their own needs? Basically, how are they to be true to themselves, and yet at the same time, deal with the demands of other people to get along with everyone?

        A simple example: Say you want to go to uni to study English in the hope of becoming a writer. But now also say your family thinks that’s a very bad idea because writers have a hard time making a living. They put pressure on you to study business. How do you balance or juggle your needs and theirs?

        Obviously, a thousand people will do it a thousand different ways. But the point is, those are the kinds of problems that everyone starts encountering right after childhood, and that they will continue to encounter for most of the rest of their lives.

        Unfortunately, if Bonnie Ware is right, most people feel at the end of their lives that they could have done a better job than they did do. 2,500 years ago, the Buddha urged people to be true to themselves. If Bonnie is right, people still aren’t all that true to themselves.

        I wish you the best.

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  3. A beautiful and noble truth…Absolutely loved this!
    P:S if you don’t mind me asking: how where you able to go and interview another blogger…? My question is less out of curiosity and more of wanting to know if it’s possible for others to do the same.

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    • Thank you so much 💙 Collaborations are really common in the blogging world and I’m sure if you reach out to any bloggers you’re friends with or have been reading for awhile, they’d be more than willing to collab with you (we chose to do an interview, but you could do anything 😄) Most blogs have a contact page or you could always just leave a comment then discuss further over email. Good luck!

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