Teenage Wasteland Meaningless Little Things Mikaela Foster

Most people who know me say I am obsessed with the internet and technology and all that great stuff. Yes, I am, but I wish I wasn’t. Yes, its awesome to talk to amazing people around who I can actually relate to. Really, though? I wish I could be more social. I wish I did more activities, I wish people liked me more. I wish I didn’t care about how many messages I got per day or how many notifications or how many likes my picture got.

I think every day, everyone should visit this website.

Its taught me that those things don’t matter. They really are meaningless little things in life that wont make a difference when I’m a big person. You think that being popular is going to make your life easier at school? You think not being yourself just to fit in is going to make your life easier? Nope. The little difficulties that you face today aren’t going to going to matter soon. You may have a bad rep, you may be friendless, you may get hate, but it will be better soon and that’s the positive thing you should look forward to.

I keep trying to find the reason behind bullies at school. Or, why doesn’t he like me? Why is she so mean? Why are my parents so annoying? Why? Why? In my opinion, these things are meaningless. Honestly, when you’re, like, 45 and about to turn old, you’re going to think back on the time when you were obsessed with the little things that didn’t make a difference. Who you like in highschool/middle school won’t make a difference. Girls are always going to be mean. Your step-dad will always do that embarrassing dance which involves “The Dougie” in the parking lot. Don’t matter.

People are so obsessed these days. Take a picture? Tweet it. Something funny? Post it as your status. Why look for the opportunities to put effort into things that are close to meaningless? It really doesn’t matter. That text from your crush? Did “hahahah yeah” really influence your life? Is Justin Bieber’s tweet going to help you with your life goals? Technology, it’s a privilege. You don’t need it. One day, I’ll realize all of this. But not today and probably not tomorrow either. :)

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  2. From age 14-18 i didn’t have an friends. Zero. Not even online because we didn’t have internet. All that i did from the moment i woke up until the moment i went to sleep was read books. Now at 26, everyone i meet who has at least a half hour conversation with me says i am the most fascinating person they have ever met…skipping the typical high school experience (and it was not my choice at first my friends decided they hated me the first month of freshman year and started beating me up so i retreated) saved me from vapidity and stupidity…yes i didn’t get my first kiss until i as 18. (and i was depressed for a long time) But now i think it was something i needed to learn, it taught me kindness.

  3. Very true and very insightful…just have to say I read the ‘about you’ blurb, and can’t believe you’re only 12! Your writing is well beyond your years, as are your thoughts. Keep on keeping on :)

  4. Just because now people can document your every day life doesn’t make it any less human. People will always be silly and now it’s just available on the internet. So what? At 31 I can assure you, it doesn’t matter. I did a million things in high school that I reget and while they weren’t online (it didn’t exist because I’m *cough* old) it was still soemthing I was convinced would haunt me. It didn’t. Half of me wishes I’d had the technology and the other half is relieved I didn’t. But it’s just another part of life. Some is live, some is virtual, but it’s only how much ou value it that counts.

  5. Hey girl…I enjoy reading your visions of everday life. I am a geeky tech addict college writing professor. I did something revolutionary about a week ago…
    I took a weekend off from all things wired. Loved it. I recommend this for everyone! Now, I am going o keep reading here and checking my fb on my new iPad! Ha!

  6. As much as I agree with you on not letting the tough things get to you, I also think that if you can turn anything into something funny, silly, or positive, then that’s a lesson learned and personally, what keeps me going. If I had nothing at all to put effort into, I’d be a sad panda.

  7. I’ve just had a few tears in my eyes looking at old pictures of me with friends and family. All those things you mention above pale into insignificance once the parents that are so annoying have divorced, remarried, suffered periods of depression, and the grandparents have long since met their maker.

    Also, the kids you wish you were popular with are for the most part gone from your life, occasionally they try and friend you on facebook and you add them – if you’re lucky you look at their pictures and feel good that you’re not the one that’s gotten fat over the years – if you’re unlucky then they’re fit and cute and doing a wonderful job – and it’s at this point you’re allowed to ask yourself what you could be doing better, and evaluating your own life and working out what you /really/ want.

    Right now, keep your eyes on not letting any doors of opportunity close on you – keep your options open for as long as possible. That’s all you need to do. You want to have maximum choice in life as you grow and change and find out what you want to do with yourself.

    You have a refreshing maturity Mikaela, don’t lose it, keep you eyes on the big picture and away from all the small stuff. The fact that you’ve already realised that all that stuff is insignificant in the grand scheme of things is wonderful :)

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