Fathom the depth of this anecdote concerning a 16-year old boy: He rushes into school only to realize that he has been made the scapegoat and has been expelled from school on grounds of a certain activity that breached the rules, despite the fact that he was not even remotely a part of it. Not even given a chance to voice himself, he sees himself retreating towards his house when suddenly he spots his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend. To add to it, none of them even care to explain and pronounce themselves as staunch believers of the dictum ‘Everything is fair in Love and War.’ (Or is it now?) Devastated, he seeks solace within the four secure walls of his house with his ever-so adorable parents. But hey, hasn’t the day been so very pleasurable for him? He just lost his girlfriend (and ofcourse, his ‘best friend’) and has been expelled from school: isn’t he living the dream that he had been longing for since eons? I’m sure Fate resonated with the thoughts mentioned above and planned atleast a slight bit of a problem for him: he finds his parents lying mutilated on the way home, just after a heinous car crash. Ta Da! What fun, right ? It just can’t get any better than this!
Enough with the sarcasm now: in actuality, his world came crashing down and how! While a single story like this might not create a wrench in your heart, the crux of this little anecdote is to convey the kind of pressure teenagers are facing these days. Be it society or family, relatives or peers, there’s no escaping the fact that teenagers today do face (and arguably, will continue to face) a multitude of such problems in life. The teenage phase of a human being’s life span is interesting for more than one reason: as a teenager, one begins to think differently and as most people would concur, can be impulsive at times (due credit given to ‘hormones’). Even the slightest of disturbances in the life of a teenager are strong enough to plunge him/her into the ever-compounding, insidious feeling that depression circumscribes so very well.
Now, let’s get back to our 16 year old (nameless) boy: He’s all alone and has nearly no one to even talk to. ALONE. We at ProjecTeen for one, are rather afraid of this 5-lettered word. We truly concur with the feelings expressed in actress Anne Hathway’s words:
“Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.”
To help solve this problem of having no one to talk to, we present to you, ProjecTeen, an online initiative to provide solutions to problems teenagers face these days.
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