Malibiran, Shawn Patrick C.
WHO AM I?
Thirteen is the beginning of our teenage years. It is believed that in this stage starts the crucial formation of feelings, attitudes, and emotions through the maturity of the mind, or as we call it “puberty”. In the psychological process, young people begin to develop the awareness around them. They begin to ask what, why, or how. Thus, the mind slowly develops its analytical characteristic. They start to believe, criticize, or argue because they are learning something, and those learning are what their opinions are made of. For me, I strongly believe that the formation of one’s character takes place in family and in school. Integrity, discipline, intelligence, and other desirable traits would only be influenced to children if the teacher is a reflection of what he teaches. Indeed, the environment and the people is a very dangerous school for a child to live in.
When I entered the teenage years of my life, I believe that my feelings are built of what I see around. I adapt how people receive what they see and how they react on certain things. For example, whenever an issue arises, I see how they respond to it – get mad, criticize, or keep silent. As a result, my feelings are greatly contributed by the people around me, naturally adapting their behaviour. As I grew older, I became more matured and sensitive on certain things. For instance, before I decide, I would consider different factors like its effects on other people, and what impact it could bring to my life. I knew that decisions and choices are very important matters that have to be mastered. I also learned how to manage my priorities because it reflects on how well I could balance my schedule and get everything in order. In school, I developed the sense of being attached with my friends. I knew that friends are important because these people share different experiences and give meaning to each other the essence of youth. Through...