Naming this week’s teen caused my mind to call a tie breaker, only because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go the funny or deep route. I ended up going deep, because go big or go home, right? Or… something like that… “Moon Child” ends Teen Life’s second month, and next week another super cool girl will kick off month 3! Calling all TEENS!!! Keep bringing your awesome selves to Teen Life, because it’s cool and stuff… “And you know this… man…” Ok, I know some of you won’t get that quote unless you are around my age, probably. Oh my gosh, I’m getting old. Anyway, back to Teen Life, the ones who aren’t old!
One of Moon Child’s questions was to give five objects that represent her. “The Moon” was one of those objects, and you can read why below. To me, it set the tone of her story. I felt like it had some deeper and more mysterious meaning behind it, something I think could reveal more about her. The moon has always been mysterious to me. Was there really a moon landing? Was it really simulated in a Hollywood studio? We may never know. The wolves howl to it. The witches dance under it naked. There’s a man up there in it. Cheese… it’s what the moon is made of. It causes pregnant women to go into labor. The crazies always come out when it’s full. Ocean tides rise because it’s a magnet for water. The moon… what power it possesses. Moon Child is right; it’s inconsistent, but it is always there. I like Moon Child, and I like her a lot. Her brain seems like a great place to be. I’ll lend it to you for a bit while you read through her words.
Teen Life. One word. Go!
Hey, positivity right out of the gate!
Do you think the town you’ve grown up in has influenced the person you are?
Yes, very much so
What is something that you believe in strongly?
Everyone is equal, no matter who they are.
To that quote I will leave you this:
What is the most inspiring thing you’ve ever been told?
You have to speak what you feel, not what you have to say.
What is the greatest responsibility your parents have given you?
Write about a time when you made a sacrifice for someone else.
There have been many times I stayed home and didn’t do something to watch my 2 year old nephew so my sister could go what she wanted.
Choose five symbols or objects that represent you. Why did you choose these things?
A treble clef: I love music, and want to learn as much as I can about it
The moon: I’m inconstant
The wind: I’ll never be the exact same twice
The water: I kind of go where my decisions take me. I don’t think about things too much
A mother bear: I tend to worry a lot about people I care about. I never want them hurt
You just took it deep, Moon Child. I like your brain and the way the symbolism works. You’re real, and that’s good. Don’t change your brain for anyone or anything.
What does it mean to be a family?
Being a family is being with people you’d be willing to die for, no matter if they’re blood or not.
What inspires you?
My nephew, he’s 2, so he’s kind of everywhere all the time. He goes where the wind takes him.
I get that. Kids are flighty, all over the place. Their innocence and whimsy is inspiring. It’s also exhausting when you have three of them. They’re fun though.
If you could visit another decade from the past 100 years, which would you choose?
I would visit the 50s.
And, if you ever visit the 50’s, you will take me with you. I was meant to be born in the 50’s, that’s all.
What would it be like if you could control your dreams?
If I could control my dreams they’d be full of love and happiness.
Do you pray? Why or why not?
No. I believe if there is something you really need in your life God would know that it’s bothering you, without asking him directly all the time.
That’s an interesting concept and a thought I have tossed around quite often.
Do you believe in God? Why or why not?
Well, yes and no, if that’s possible. I believe in God, because it’s better than believing in nothing. I’ve always been raised that God exists, and he’s always watching; but it seems crazy that he just appeared one day and made everything. If God exists, why is there so much pain and suffering? Why do people hate one another? Why is there war?
That is something that is not understandable. Pain and suffering has existed for so long that some people only know that as their way of life. I feel like it is much easier to live a life of happiness than one of pain and sorrow, but that’s just me. #Worldpeace
How have you changed since last school year?
I’ve changed my way of thinking. I question everything.
When you get older, what memories from your childhood will you want to recall?
I’ll want to remember the good memories, as well as some of the bad ones; happy times with my friends and family, as well as the worst times that taught me valuable lessons.
Those valuable lessons… They’re the hardest ones to stomach, to feel, to exist in, but they are the ones that will mold and shape who you will be for the rest of your life. They are a part of your path, part of that inconsistent glow that the moon provides. It lights your way when you’re facing a path diverged, and you have to choose only one way to go. We remember the hard times more than the happy ones because they change everything.
What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone else?
I stopped someone I barely knew from killing themselves.
Wow. Just wow. That is an amazing part of your story, one I would love to know more about.
What does it mean to stand up for what you believe in?
It means everything to me. If you don’t stand up for anything, you’ll fall for nothing.
What values will you teach your children?
Everyone is equal. Don’t judge anyone by appearance. Some of the best people you’ll meet might be covered in tattoos and piercings. Your body is your canvas, paint it how you want; just keep it meaningful.
I like that. Don’t judge by appearance. Some of the most “put together” people can be the “worst”.
Where will you be five years from now?
Five years from now I’ll hopefully be in college, starting my life. Hopefully, I’ll still be with my current boyfriend, maybe building a life together.
Which subject in school is the easiest? Which is the hardest?
I wouldn’t say there’s an easiest and hardest subject. There are ones I like more, but they’re all kind of equal in regards to difficulty.
If you could take a dream vacation, where would you go?
I would go somewhere quiet, by the beach, somewhere peaceful.
How do you contribute to your family?
I help my mom with the kids, help clean, and bring entertainment.
Bring the entertainment… What does that entail? I want to see a glimpse of the entertainment you bring, please?
How can you share your talents with others?
I’m in choir, but I’m kind of shy. So, I don’t like showing off too much.
What is the best way to get someone to stop bullying another person? Should you defend the victim? Start a fight? Make fun of the bully? Why or why not?
The best way to stop bullying is to tell an adult that can handle it. If I stepped in for the victim it could make it worse for them when I’m gone.
That is one thing I don’t think people think of when standing up for someone. It’s awesome to take a stand, but what about the times you cannot be there to defend them? Then what happens? That’s some good advice.
What is the difference between teasing and bullying? How can you tell the difference between them?
Teasing is between friends. Even the “victim” of teasing laughs with the other people. Bullying is intended to make that person feel bad.
Have you ever felt bullied by someone? What made you feel this way?
Yes, I have a “friend” who likes to make fun of me a lot. I kind of felt attacked when she didn’t stop.
Have you ever bullied another person? How did you feel before, during, and after?
I’ve never intentionally bullied someone, no.
Why is it important to accept people for who they are?
People can’t change who they are, and it isn’t right to try to change someone because you don’t like something about them.
How can you encourage other people to be more accepting of those who are different?
Show them how they’re different from everyone else. Tell them it shouldn’t matter if someone is different. We’re all made of bone and muscle.
“We are all made of bone and muscle.” Words from the mouth of Moon Child. What an awesome quote!
Does the way that drugs and alcohol are shown in TV and movies ever make you want to try them? Why or why not?
Not really, I understand the affects of hardcore drug and alcohol abuse.
Have you ever been offered drugs or alcohol? How did you handle the situation?
Have your parents ever talked to you about drugs and alcohol? What did they say?
They have always told me to be careful.
When you get mad, how do you handle your anger?
Usually I just bottle it up until I’m alone, then I might cry or draw or sing or something.
Creativity is an amazing outlet for emotions. Anytime, throughout my life, when I have been going through something major or just a funk I always write. Writing is my therapy. For some, it is art or music or some other creative outlet. Keep that up! People with creative minds are different creatures, but we are never dull.
What is something you dislike about yourself?
I dislike my body, and the way I think.
Those two things will forever cause a love/hate relationship in life. Thoughts and body image. Do we ever grow completely comfortable with those two?
Have you ever been depressed? If so how did you handle it? Are you still depressed?
Yes, I never really handled it. I just kept it all hidden until I was alone, and I cried myself to sleep. I am still depressed.
Trusting someone to confide in with your struggles is important. Being alone with it can create further damage, but talking it out with someone that isn’t involved in the situation or even close to you can help you get a clear perspective. I am always here if you need someone to talk to.
What is the worst thing you’ve ever gotten in trouble for?
I got in a “fight” in 4th grade at school.
What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good? bad?
People would develop their own ideas, rather than being brainwashed. This would be good.
I completely agree with that. I think it would make a huge shift in society for the better. Awesome answer.
What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
Depending on the size of cats and dogs, some people might suffocate. People allergic to cats wouldn’t have much fun.
Hahahahahahahahaha. This made me laugh, a lot. Your answer was so truthful and well thought out. It was also the other answer to me almost naming you “The Cat’s Pajamas”. But, I wasn’t sure if you even liked cats or pajamas. Maybe you’re allergic to them, I am. But, it’s not so much about the cats, themselves, but about the “cool factor” of the person. And, last time I checked, you’re pretty cool.
If you could break the Guiness Book of World Records it would be for?
Most dogs in one house
See, obviously you’re a dog person… In a house packed tight with dogs… a cat would most likely perish. I’m glad I didn’t name you “The Cat’s Pajamas” now!
What makes you feel beautiful?
When I see the way my boyfriend looks at me.
Awwwwww… just cute. That’s all.
What would you invent to make life better?
I would make a bracelet that could read people’s minds and shock them when they judge others before they get to know them.
YES!!! That is an awesome invention. A shock bracelet for (I won’t say the word I want to say here) people who judge! Put them in a yard that’s filled with people that have tattoos and piercings and come from rough backgrounds, black, white, Native Americans, gay, lesbian, etc. When they try and jump the fence… their arm hair instantly singes! Bam!
This is your free space. Say anything you want, and be completely open.
I’m kind of nervous about being accepted. I hate being alone. I love reading. The reason I love music so much is because it takes me somewhere else. I can have a different personality depending on what kind of music I’m listening to.
Moon Child has rocked my socks off today. I don’t even know her, and I love her. I love her thoughts, I love her brain, I love her cute-ness factor, I love how deep she is, and I love her real-ness. Moon Child is real. Be like Moon Child. Tonight, go out and look at the moon above you. Look at it really deep, and know there are teens out there in the world, the same world you exist in, that are suffering because they don’t fit in. Know that they hurt deeply because of unwanted words and actions thrown at them from many directions. Know that they are often struggling with things we may not even know about. Also, know that they are amazing people with wonderful souls trying to find their paths in the world. They live under the same moon and stars that we have lived under for many years. And, once before… we used to be there where they are now.
Peace, Love, and Jesus,