Quotes About Being A Teenager And Growing Up

“A new study finds that today’s generation of kids is more stressed about growing up than any other in past history.”

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Growing up is never easy, no matter what age you are.

Being a teenager doesn’t help at all.

You feel pressured to know what you want to do with your life, where exactly you’re going to stay and how you are going to pay for everything.

All these worries sometimes feel as if it takes the fun out of growing up, constant nagging of

having to leave what you know as normal, for a life of endless possibilities.

Heck, it’s only four months until I move out. I’m seventeen now, and there are only four months left of school and these thoughts and worries are bouncing around more and more often as the days move on.

At the same time, the thought of growing up is beautiful. Teens and kids alike will get to have a family, explore the world, and have a heck of a time on earth.

Here are the best quotes I found about growing up.


“It takes courage to grow up and become who are really are.”- E.E.Cummings

Society has a bad habit of pressurizing you into leaving the image of yourself to become like everyone else. Whether that pressure comes from your parents, friends, or social media it’s essentially everywhere.

As E.E.Cummings states, it takes a tremendous amount of inner strength to just be who you are.

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” - Aristotle

Being young gives teens and kids an advantage that will only come once in a lifetime, which is time. Time is the one thing in the universe that we as a people have a limited amount of, and it would be foolish not to take advantage of it.

Something we start today could evolve into something wonderful, just given time. There’s also a bigger chance that something started when someone was young will become a lifestyle later in the future.

“Time scoots along pretty fast when you grow up.” - Alan Ladd

This one hit me right in the heart. When you’re a child and a teen alike, you’re always in a

rush to grow up, move out, and become your own person. It’s in the years of waiting to become older that we miss the appreciation of living right now.

Now that I’m in twelfth grade, looking back I wish I had taken a better appreciation for today when I was in the younger grades. The one thing I was happy about was I started a journal when I was like 8. This is the one I use, it isn’t super-duper fancy but it’s fairly cheap and gets the job done.

I may not be able to go back, but I can still reread my past and take an edge off my mind. A journal doesn’t have to be extravagant, just a place to dump your thoughts and experiences so you don’t forget anything as time passes.

“My teenage years were exactly what they were supposed to be. Everybody has their own path. It’s laid out for you. It’s just up to you to walk it.” - Justin Timberlake

Many younger adults (like myself) often try questioning what exactly is happening around them, or what they could have done to change something. The fact of the matter is, what has happened to you and the choices you’ve made are exactly what has needed to happen, to make you the person you are.

Life is designed for you not to question yourself. It doesn’t matter if you believe in a religion or not, everything happens for a reason, to get you exactly where you’re going.

“Nothing is more beautiful than being you.” -Unknown

In a world where social media is king, embracing the fact that being different is ok is a minority view. It’s widely pushed that you should strive to be “normal”. News flash, normal is extremely boring and dry.

There’s exactly one of you on earth and by not who you really are in fear of being “weird” is barbaric. There’s absolutely nothing wrong being you and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

“Live your life like you are 80 years old looking back on your teenage years.” -Taylor Swift

The goal is to be able to look back after you lived most of your life and smile. Whether you have it all memorized or have it down in your journal, the story of your life should be something you’re proud of. Live it to your fullest.

“Don’t waste your youth growing up.” -Pablo Picasso

Enjoy your youth, it comes only once in your life. Growing up comes whether you want it to or not, so the anticipation shouldn’t be focused there. Like I said before, many of us are focused on the future, when we’ll look back on the days we spent wishing.


For me, growing up was a race at first, and now has stopped to a walk. I spent most of my younger school year anticipating to grow up, which I think was my greatest fault.

Out of the seven quotes, I found the one by E.E. Cummings hit me the hardest. As I said, I am almost to the point where I am grown up, and I can speak from experience that being who you are is a challenge.

People and other kids don’t like seeing you doing something out of the ordinary, it’s just not how people work. It takes either a strong sense of courage or an equal amount of just not caring to be able to be who you are. Being pure to yourself is one of the highest forms of self-love, and can help boost both your mental and emotional state.

In the end, I’ve seen kids who are afraid to go against the tide and end up making choices that aren’t who they are. It’s sad to say that this is the reality for most kids, and I hope to make a change. Don’t be afraid to stand out or be yourself, because being different makes you unique, which makes you special.

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