There are fewer things harder in life than being a teenage girl; and, the peak of that struggle probably comes in your fourteenth year; when some people are fully grown women with boyfriends on the football team, and some people are still wearing Age 11 shirts and waiting for their boobs to maybe, eventually grow in.
So, in celebration of the fact that 14 is the cursed year in everyone's life; here are ten reasons why being that particular age is the hardest thing you'll ever experience.
1. People are starting to get boyfriends/girlfriends.
Which either means you're in your very first relationship or you're left wondering why NOBODY has asked you out yet. Either way, you're in for some serious emotional turmoil.
2. Your body is changing at an accelerated rate.
'Where did these BOOBS come from? How do I contain them? Oh God, what if they DON'T STOP growing?'
3. Or it's not changing AT ALL.
Maybe you're still in your training bra, reading up on the average onset of puberty and praying you'll magically wake up one morning with a pair of 34D's.
4. You're suddenly acutely aware of your social position.
Never has there been an age where clique groups are so well defined. By 14, you'll be well-aware of your social place - even if you don't particularly like it much.
5. You feel like 15 is a mission away, and 13 is ancient history.
15 year-olds are so mature, so confident, so sure of themselves, but 13 year-olds? 13 year-olds are basically toddlers with a slight height advantage.
6. You have approximately ZERO idea of what your personal style is.
You've probably gone through at least 5 different phases in this year of your life - the most interesting of which is your botched emo phase. The less said about that, the better.
7. Things are starting to get serious in school.
Teachers are waving around terms like GCSE's and making formal assessments based on what they expect you to achieve.
8. Meanwhile things have never been so serious in your personal life.
Not only do you have the pressure's of schoolwork beating down on you, but all around you friendship groups are changing faster than a cheetah running through the savannah.
9. Your parents now expect you to have some idea of what you're going to do in the future.
They're beginning to ask questions about your strong subjects, your weak subjects, whether you want to go university, whether you'd prefer getting an apprenticeship etc etc etc.
10. All in all, you feel like everything is going way too quickly AND way too slowly, at the same time.
Can we just like, chill for a sec, guys.
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