From the Chief Editor

Keep growing

Life is a process of constant change and progress. We experience change in our thinking and beliefs, in the way we do things and act, in our environment and in our codes of conduct. Nothing grows that does not change. Our evolution starts when life begins in us in our mother’s womb. But the indelible marks of growth happen during our childhood and teenage days. Although natural growth takes place without our knowledge we have an innate desire to grow and excel.

Holistic growth and development require confidence, courage to take risks, try new things and let go of old ones. Success begins when you step out of your comfort zone. Growth is a leap into the uncertainties, an act without the benefit of experience and hence there is a strong tendency within you to resist it. Even in the face of troubles you are often tempted to maintain the status quo rather than venture into the unknown. Growth at times can be quite painful and even the thought of it frightening because you are moving out of your cosy quarters.

In the cover story of this issue, Monarose Sheila Pereira, speaks about the problems like peer pressure, studies, relationships, parental expectations, finding a career, influence of the social media and modern gadgets, addiction to drugs, alcohol and smoking, etc., that teenagers face today and how to tackle them. It is in facing these problems with courage, determination and prudence that you brighten up your future.

Andy Rooney, an American radio and television writer, says “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Only those who accept and face the challenges in life and keep growing are the winners and the successful ones. Those who fail to accept change refuse to grow; they die by the wayside a mental, physical, or spiritual death. Failures cannot to stop you; remember, failures are the opportunities to begin again. Some people retire mentally after achieving a degree of success and they are soon forgotten because they have nothing more to offer. Well, choice is yours to merely exist or to take the road less travelled – of struggle and growth to achieve success. Success is a milestone on a journey that should never end.

Your progress will depend on your ability to be innovative and build up your skills and productivity which you achieve through your education and experience. You need to dream constantly and identify new goals. Growth and success go hand in hand for which you need certain tools as well: positive thinking, self-confidence, persistent hard work, common sense and a desire to bloom where you are planted. There is no limit to improvement because there is no limit to human intelligence and imagination. So keep growing, and fly high.

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John Gilbert, SSP is the former Chief Editor of The Teenager Today, India's only TeenZine.

John Gilbert, SSP

John Gilbert, SSP is the former Chief Editor of The Teenager Today, India's only TeenZine.