Life As A Teenager in 2017
Is it much different to how it was when I was a teenager in the 80’s?
We have three children going through their teenage years at the minute. Often I think of the differences that there are between their lives now and mine as a teenager. My youngest teen is 13 now and is in the midst of the rage of teen hormones. Something that nobody has any control over, but a part of growing up none the less.
Obviously back when I was growing up there were no mobile phones, IPads, computers or sky tv. We had to entertain ourselves in other ways, we got sky TV when I was 14ish. I can remember getting it for Christmas and the excitement of getting something so modern. Looking back the box was massive compared to our slimline ultra modern ones now.
I used to go to Youth club every Saturday night or the odd Saturday afternoon in the city. Going in by bus using my ding ticket to get on. The most uncomfortable seats which had ass trays on the back. Yes, the days where smoking on buses was allowed. Our teens often spend days in the city shopping with friends. Getting the fast train up and going for a McDonalds as a treat. My lot have never been drawn to Youth Clubs, there is so much more to do of an evening, at home or out with friends.
I had a stereo in my room, listened to the top 40 charts every Sunday afternoon. Loved buying vinyl, listening to my favourite songs over and over. I also had a cassette player as well for trips out, I can remember the tapes getting stuck at times and having to wind it on again. My girls love their iPods. Loaded with all their favourite songs, they just slip it in their blazers on the way out the door to school.
Today’s fashion moves at such a fast pace. I didn’t get new trendy items each season especially in my young teenage years. We didn’t have designer wear, or possibly we did but it wasn’t something that I wore aged 12/13. In my older teenage years, I was working in high-end hairdressers in the city. Fashion played a big part in our appearance and at this stage, I was drawn to more high fashion items. It was the 90s at the point and the club era. I think it’s funny that my 17-year-old years some fashion items that were around then ie Stussy. Today the high street is flooded with designer items for teens including Jack Wills and Hollister. Converse a teen norm.
Our kids are so very lucky, they have an abundance of electrical items, TVs in their rooms and much more freedom than I did. I had an amazing childhood and had the advantage of multiple trips to France every summer. In comparison which era was better. Growing up when you really did appreciate every luxury or now when life is a little easier for teens.
Can you remember any funny things from your teenage years?