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  • As kids, we all say things like “I want to be older, that way I can do whatever I want.” As kids we all think growing up is easy and fun. A reason for that is because we as kids have no worries or responsibilities. As kids “ a part of growing up,” is that we want to be like someone that inspires us, and others just want to grow up to experience crazy things. I guess it just depends on the type of person you are.
    As a kid, I thought it was easy and fun growing up, until I turned 13; that’s when it hit me. I soon started to realize that “ a party of growing up “ wasn’t so easy. At the age of 13 I started to change, the way I thought and saw things just wasn’t the same. As a teen, I surprisingly became a little bit independent. I say that because most of the time I was to myself. I’m the baby in the family; when you’re the baby in the family you’re supposed to be more loved than your other siblings. My sister moved out the year I became a teen and started growing. I never really had anyone; I’m not saying I need someone, because I’m perfectly fine by myself - “ it’s a part of growing up.”
    All I’m saying is that I decided to grow up at a young age. I’m glad I did. Sometimes as a teen it’s hard to get along with other peers that are my age. When I speak to older people, they always compliment me on how mature I am for my age. As a teen, being mature and independent is very important to me. It’s made me see things from a whole different perspective. Sometimes I think to myself, “if I wouldn’t have grown up at the age of 13, I would’ve been the same as the people my age”.
    I’m glad things happened the way that they did. As a teen, I’ve also had my ups and downs. I’ve lost important people in my life, heartbreaks, bad decisions, fake friends you name it, but hey! “It’s a part of growing up”. There has been many situations where I felt like I had the world on my shoulders, where I thought I wasn’t going to be able to handle a loss of someone or get over a person who once a part of my life.
    With time I got over it, I moved on and I learned from my mistakes. No matter how much pain I carried in my heart, I never let it show. Like Charlie Chaplin once said, “ I have many problems in my life. But my lips don’t know that, they always smile.” As a teen, I take pride in saying that I am responsible, smart and independent. My name is Giselle Avitia, as I grew up I knew things weren’t getting any easier, and everything around us can change in a second; I’m at peace with that. Live your life! Be happy! Everything happens for a reason, “it’s a part of growing up,” a blessing.
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