Observation Mall

Teenagers in today’s society are growing up to fast; they are in a rush to get married and have babies. They want the happily ever after even before they fully live their observed about four 16 year old girls have lunch at a food court at Chandler, Arizona, mall one Saturday afternoon. What I overheard would have anyone in disbelief, and made me think back to my early teenage years and how different life is for today’s society. For starters, these girls were dress way past their years. They were in short shorts and belly shirts with heels and too much makeup on.

Each of them had their belly button pierced and their nose pierced and tattoos visible. I could not believe my eyes when I saw how they were dress and how they were carrying themselves. Sat at a table that was in ear shot to their table. The first girl; Amanda, was upset how her and her boyfriend of six months broke up. She kept saying how she loved him and how she was going to be lost without him and how she will be alone for the rest of her life. The other girls said how they are afraid of the same thing. They stated how they getting old and want to settle down.

I could not believe what I was hearing; when I was 16 my biggest concern was what I was going to wear to the foot ball game and whose mom out of my girls would allow a sleep over. By no way was worrying about settling down and boyfriends. The next topic made me want to cry, the girl Amanda said that; “She wished she got pregnant with her boyfriend so at least she would always have her ex boyfriend in her life and most of all she will always have someone to love her. She obviously had self image issues. She was searching for love in unfortunately the wrong places.

I could not help but to say something to these girls. Believe that if someone did not talk to and knock some sense in to these troubled young ladies something horrible may happen. I turned to them and asked them how old they were, they replied back saying 16 and turning 1 7 in a couple of months. I looked at them and told them not to be in such a rush to grow up so fast that one day will be in their twenties wishing could turn back the time. Told them how they need to focus on school and their lives rather than boys and babies. Old them to have fun with their rinds and make memories that will last forever. 16 and 17 only happen once; I explained to them to make smart decisions because what they do today will affect the rest of their lives.