Teen Talk for October 15, 2013

LAWRENCE MURPHY: A worthy alternative to roasties?

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On Thursday I went to Thorpe Park with a group of friends.

The exciting day really placed particular things in perspective for me.

Thursday was all about stepping out of my comfort zone as well as having fun.

I have to admit that I absolutely hate the lead-up to going on theme park rides.

Although once I’m part-way through the ride, I begin to love it.

And I usually end up wanting to go on again, buzzing for more and more.

The day was about being encouraged and encouraging others around me.

Without those encouraging me from the beginning to ‘try it out’, I would never have known what the outcome would have been.

This is important to remember in life too, as often we find it difficult to do things alone.

As young people, our lives tend to be busy.

The busy lifestyle may be because of our education and hobbies.

Either way, there will be difficulties and times when we feel uncomfortable.

An example for some of us of being uncomfortable would be applying for our first job.

However, with the support of others around us (and a little self-encouragement), we apply.

Once we’ve applied for a part- time job for the first ever time, we seem to have a sense of relief and become more confident in applying to more companies.

I guess that, as with anything, it’s that first initial stage of being bold and doing something we’re not used to doing.

As young people, we aren’t used to stepping out of our comfort zones as we tend to spend much of our childhood comfortable with people around us.

Frequently stepping out of our comfort zone is good as it helps us grow as people.

Emily Nash, 16, a student from Drayton, said: ‘Applying for a job was a massive step outside of my comfort zone.

‘I feel that it is important because it builds up confidence. Also, the fact that you have the opportunity to do something you wouldn’t normally do is great.’

Imagine yourself sat in the chair of that theme park ride.

Think about how you would be feeling and how you would feel after.

If you know that you would feel great after, give it a go.