DIVERGENT TRAILER!!!! (Fangirl Time)

OMG!!  I don’t know how I haven’t seen this yet but it made me remember why I love this series so much.  Think about it, it’s all about figuring out who you are in a world where you’re not only supposed to know but conform to a certain group identity.  And for those of us who don’t… Ugh, I feel like this is my life.  Veronica Roth is a Goddess, more than…thank you forever.  If Harry Potter was the book series and character I needed for my childhood Tris and DIVERGENT is definitely the one for my coming into adulthood and life.

Okay, enough yapping, here it is…

Also, DIVERGENT is a great example of romance in YA that enhances the story plot instead of subtracting from it or ruining it as I feel happens way too often.  And Maggie Q and Kate Winslet, genius picks!!

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

P.S. I think I quote DIVERGENT daily to myself, I mean the quotes about fear in that book are soo good.  Also, this post by Veronica Roth is everything.

Forever young. ∞ ☮

Forever young is something that we should all aspire to be. Being forever young doesn’t mean that you are forever foolish, for not all of the young have that characteristic, rather it means that you know what you want in life and that you plan on staying true to yourself and enjoying what life has to offer.

In this post from Taylor Rhanee’s Blog, Taylor talks about the things she sees that impact society. She gives us an insider’s look into the world of a teenager, who unlike the over-emphasized few, just wants to be herself, stay substance-free, and remain forever young.

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

Taylor Rhanee's Blog

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Everywhere I look, I am surrounded by things that impact society. As a teenager, a lot of this is reflected in high school. I can never go in a bathroom without being engulfed by the horrid smell of cigarrette smoke and weed. It’s really sickening. I’m about to turn 16, and I don’t hardly know anyone that hasn’t spoken or drank alcohol before. I can say very proudly that I never have done either of the two. And you know, I feel like sex is totally just thrown around these days! Sex was never meant for that, and it isn’t right. Making love (or just sex) was intended for mature couples in love that were ready for commitment. Now all you hear about is teenage couples giving up their virginity. So many girls get called sluts, and SO many guys take advantage of girls. nobody should ever be asked to…

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Teenagers Have Wisdom Too…

**Part Two – Teens Can Write Too…coming October 21-27, 2012 as a part of BOOKTOBERFEST!**

Years ago I bet that no one could have imagined that “How to understand your teen” advice books would be a million dollar genre. 

It is just so funny that people actually pay others to help them know how to understand us.  My parents NEVER needed a guidebook on how to raise or understand me.  As my dad once said to me “you’re not that deep”, none of us are.

I have never understood why people would rather gossip about something or someone to others, or buy an advice book, or consult a consultant when there is someone who does or is that thing you are trying to understand in the same room.

Take this meme for instance:

There are various versions of this meme, with the “What I really do” section changed to sleeping or Facebook.

But it is extremely accurate: To share a little bit about myself, I went completely through high school without having a boyfriend, drinking, or doing drugs.  When I tell people this they are usually surprised because “I’m so social” as if that really has anything to do with it.   The truth is the reason why I did not do or have any of those things is because, I, like most teenagers was smart enough to know that I had better things to spend my time doing.

Most of us aren’t “promiscuous”, in fact if most of us had sex, it was only with one person.  Most of us don’t do drugs and drink, in fact if you asked most of us to list common (illegal) drugs we would only be able to name cocaine and marijuana.

My point: we aren’t all what you see on TV.  Just because we  mention that we want to lose weight or says that we are not hungry, doesn’t mean we have an eating disorder.  And just because we pick up our phones doesn’t mean we are on Facebook.

True fact: most of the time when people assume that I am texting my friends or on Facebook…I’m actually texting my mother (she texts people 24/7).

Of course, if we are on Facebook or Twitter so what…it’s just one more way I communicate & connect with people, it’s not that end of the world.

I have met teenagers who do it all, who are better at managing money than their parents are, who know what they want to do in their life more than most adults do, and who are wiser than people with a PhD.

Just because you are a teenager doesn’t mean that your words are meaningless, no matter what anyone tells you, you must NEVER forget that.  And to those adults out there: I will always respect my elders but I will NEVER  let anyone crush my dreams.  I know that it is hard, and I know that you want the best for us but we can do this.

The next time your teenager tells you that they want to be an artist, or a writer, or an actor tell them that you will support them no matter what, give them advice, but do not put your doubts on our shoulders.  

If there is any grand wisdom, any key to understanding teenagers, it is that all we really want is to be supported.  

I know that you might not “get” me all of the time but do try to remember that once you were like me.  

You had you dreams, hopefully you haven’t let those go, and you had your quirks…trust me those are definitely still there, but most of all you just wanted the world to listen to you and to know that you existed.

This weekend, in honor of teenagers, I will be reblogging 10 posts from teens that I feel show: 

Who we are, what we want, and how wise we can truly be.  

If there are any blogs you know of, written by a teenager, that fit this description please let me know 🙂

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

Sometimes I really hate being a hormonal teenager

In this post by Bookworm1204, the emotions that teenagers go through are talked about. You can really tell the author’s frustration, it is a frustration that all teens go through: we cannot understand why, even though adults have once been where we now stand, they act like we are some foreign substance or some illness that needs to be cured.

This is a beautifully honest post. As someone who is currently 19 and about to leave my teen years behind, I often wonder will I change?

It’s interesting because at every birthday I always wake up and ask myself if I feel any different. I hardly ever do, and if that’s the case the your age really doesn’t matter. I’ve been in a room full of people older than me and felt like I was the oldest one there, and I’ve been in a room full of people younger than me and felt like I was the youngest one there.

So will I change…probably not, if I do it won’t be because I am one year older, it will be because I wish to change myself.

Never forget: just because someone is younger than you doesn’t mean they are not wise and that you cannot lean something from them.

And remember that just because someone is older doesn’t mean they are all knowing, we should always respect our elders, but no one knows everything.

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

Bookworm1204's Blog

Sometimes I love being a teenager. Being in synch, little to care about, great parties, life, etc. But sometimes its awful. And when it gets bad… It gets really bad.

Because we’re teenagers, we have such a variety of emotions. These jumbled emotions that we can’t make head or tails of. Those depressive days or moments when life sucks for no reason whatsoever. When we can’t come to terms with our emotions. When we just want to crawl under a blanket and never come out. Or when we want to punch something… Or someone. Or even sometimes break down into tears. Its difficult and confusing to keep such emotions in check. And it feels like adults don’t really get it at all. As if now that they’re over their teenage years and discovered a better life after 18, they wanna just throw it in our faces: they’ve gone through that-and…

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