Hey party people! It’s not Wednesday, but better late than never though, right? We’re mid-spring break, it’s almost the end of the school year, and summer is slowly approaching. What could be wrong in life right now? Nothing, that’s what. And… Teen Life, week 7 is here. Week 7!!! So, who’s on deck today? Not a girl walking the plank amidst the stormy seas, that’s for sure. Plank walking would mean that this girl, (who is our youngest in the group yet, I might add), lets others control her destiny with an ultimate defeat. That’s not this girl’s style. Let me tell you why. Everyone knows how strong and powerful waves can be. Rocks and land become eroded by their repetitive crashes, but they don’t waiver. They stand strong even though their composition changes. That’s what words do when they crash into someone’s soul. Remember the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Well, guess what? Whoever wrote that was wrong. Words hurt. They may not physically hurt, but they most definitely change your internal composition. Today…words=waves. And, that’s where Wave Charmer comes into play!! Young but mighty, Wave Charmer has the purpose of calming the raging waters. She’s in a place of self-discovery in her life right now, but I can see a quiet and strong girl emerging from the deep. Need a visual? Picture a young, beautiful, sea siren with curly hair. She doesn’t speak much, but when she does her soul smiles and the waters calm. People adore her, and they should. She’s magical. Listen to the words in her sea song:
Teen Life. One Word. Go!
Describe your day in detail
Most of the time my days are okay. I go to school from 8:30-3:25, and I get home around 3:30. When I get home I get a drink and do homework.
What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
Playing with all my family during cook outs
I have a lot of those same memories also.
If you could visit one country, which would it be and why?
I would want to visit Germany to learn about their history and geography.
What annoys you?
What is something you wish your parents did differently?
I wish they would try to understand more.
What is something you think your parents are awesome at?
They let me have some freedom.
If you could learn one thing at school that they don’t teach, what would it be?
I would want to have an art class all year long. There are terms, and we only have art once a year.
YES! I would have art all year long as an adult if I could. It’s awesome to be able to express your creativity and see your work come to life. That is one class I was never able to take in school because I was always in Band.
What is one thing you would like to say to your teachers?
Please be more understanding.
What is something you would like to say to your school?
Please be calmer. Yelling isn’t my type of thing.
Why do you think people want to tear people down or make people feel small through words or actions?
I think people want to feel better about themselves
So far, all the girls have nailed this answer. If everyone knows the answer, then it must mean that there are a lot of bullies out there feeling unsatisfied or unhappy with themselves; so much so that the destruction of others makes their pain significantly smaller. What could we all do as a society to build these awesome chicks and dudes up instead of breaking them down?
Take a look at what this super awesome teacher does to make a change in his world:
Have you ever been bullied? If so, describe the situation.
Have you ever been cyber bullied? If so, describe the situation.
Have you ever made fun of or bullied anyone before?
No, if my friends do, I stay out of it.
Good Job! That’s one of the safest things you can do in that type of situation.
Do you gossip?
Sometimes, but not as much as some people.
If you see someone being mistreated, gossiped about, or not being included, do you normally sit back and do nothing or do you take a stand?
After the person gossips, I go to the person that was being gossiped about and tell them.
Do you believe in God? Why or Why Not?
Yes, I do. I believe in him because when I have a tough time I pray, and that makes me feel better.
Praying always gives us a closer connection with God. It may not fix our problems, worries, or hurt immediately, but He never leaves us. He’s always there, even when we can’t always feel Him.
Have you ever been depressed? If so, what brought it on?
Yes, my childhood wasn’t as great as it could be.
Are you still currently depressed? If not, how did you get through it?
I am still depressed.
Depression happens. It can happen to anyone, and no one type of person is immune to it. Remember during your dark times that you are never alone. You have God on your side when many others don’t. You also have family and friends, and of course this crazy girl right here. The voyage to self-discovery is a turbulent one, it always is. But, I named you Wave Charmer for a reason. You have the ability inside you to calm those super, powerful waves when they crash upon you. They can become tiresome and repetitive, but don’t ever give up and let them swallow you. Sea sirens never lose their charm. They’re beautiful and strong. They charm the heck out of some waves. You possess magical powers within you, not the type of magic you see on television or in movies, but the real deal. Your channel to superpowers begins with God, and with Him anything is possible. Just close your eyes, sing to those waves until they’re calm, and sit back to watch the magic that unfolds in your life because of how awesome you are!
Does anything give you anxiety? If so, what?
Large crowds, yelling, and sometimes family
Pick one that resembles you the best. When you have problems to deal with or when something bothers you, which one do you resort to?
1. Stuff them down until you don’t have to deal with them anymore
2. Run from them
3. Stick it out no matter how hard or how much it hurts
I stuff them down until I don’t have to deal with them anymore.
Have you ever experiences verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse?
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever gotten in trouble for?
I’m not sure, I don’t really get in trouble.
Well, that’s really, really good and something to be proud of!
Sex… do you wait for marriage or do you feel like it’s that important to wait anymore?
I think it’s important to wait for marriage.
Drugs and alcohol. Tell me about what teens are doing these days. What kind of drugs? How often?
I’m not sure. None my friends do drugs so I’m not around that.
What makes you laugh?
What makes you cry?
My dad sometimes
Do you feel beautiful?
What makes you feel beautiful?
When people give me compliments
What prevents you from feeling beautiful?
When I don’t have makeup on, and see my real face
I think that is something that a lot of girls and women struggle with daily.
Name one negative thing in your life.
Now, tell me three positive things about your life.
My family, friends, and having my mom.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever faced in your life? How did you get through it?
Losing my grandma, I focused on knowing that I would see her in heaven.
That is something that always gives us peace of mind when we lose family members or friends. I was in 7th grade when my grandmother passed away, and knowing that I would see her again always kept me going.
Who are you closest to?
I have to say that she is pretty awesome and a good, strong example of how a woman should be!
What is one thing you could change about your life to make it better?
Having my grandma still
What is one thing you could do to make the world a better place?
Be more calm
What do you think is the best thing about you?
Ummm… yeah! Your personality totally rocks!
What makes you feel self-conscious?
When I feel like people are looking at me
What worldly cause are you passionate about?
Peace, the world is full of horrible things right now.
#World Peace. It needs to be a thing!
What is one thing you cannot live without?
What are your hobbies?
Watching T.V., Walking, and Playing with dogs
What is something you’ve always wanted or wanted to do but never had the chance to get or do?
Go bungee jumping
We need to all take a big group trip because I would LOVE to bungee jump!!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
If you had one superpower, what would it be?
To read minds
How awesome would that be?
A genie grants you three wishes, what would they be?
1. To have peace for a day
2. Have a million dollars
3. Have world peace
I’m seeing a trend here with the peace thing. Am I sensing a future hippie on our hands here?
What is the weirdest thing about you?
I want to be a dog lady, like have over 15 dogs.
What is one thing you want your parents to know about you?
I want them to know I wish to have more freedom.
What is one thing you want your friends to know about you?
I like girls and boys
What is one thing you want the world to know about you?
I am happy about my body, and people can’t change that.
No one can take the way you feel about yourself away from you. You own that. Stand strong, and know that you are beautiful!
What do you think society misunderstands about teenagers?
That we are all trouble makers
What do you want to say to bullies out there?
Get a life
What would you like to say to teens that struggle with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, abuse, or bullying?
Life is hard, but with support you can get through it.
Those are words straight from the soul of Wave Charmer, good ones too. Perfect advice. There’s always support out there from someone or something when you’re facing hard times. Just ask and help will come to you.
This is your free space. Say anything you want. Be completely open.
I can be really random at times.
Random is a good thing. It makes the world more interesting and unpredictable. Stay random!
Wave Charmer’s Sea Song has come to an end. I hope the lyrics to her soul were as beautiful to you as they were to me. Words make history, and it is worthwhile to listen to all the words from these amazing teens. What’s the first step to becoming a Wave Charmer? You see the power in the waves coming at you and know that you have more power within you to hold them back than any damage they could ever cause! Next step, create your own song and realize the beauty in it. Project your song across the raging waves for as long as it takes. The waters will eventually calm. Smile and know that you are beautiful!
Thank you Wave Charmer for coming into my life and bringing beauty and calmness in my day. I hope yours is blessed and beautiful. Keep Charming…
Peace, Love, and Jesus,