There are a lot of things that are weird with some movies and TV shows today (I’m more of a black and white movie kinda girl). The humor, the plot, the setting. Some movies and shows today are just…weird. But as I’ve been watching, there was one thing in a number of new (and old, actually) movies that stuck out to me: the portrayal of the teenage girl.
Now, being a teenage girl and hanging out with many teenage girls, I do understand why we do have a stereotype. Yes, we talk fast. Yes, we like our phones…a lot. Yes, we say “like” a lot. But TV and movies make us into these eyerolling brats with our heads buried in our phones. I know what you’re thinking: “Well duh. That’s cause you are.” But why doesn’t media show the real half of our lives they don’t think to mention? How about the ones of us that aren’t that way?
What about our volunteer work? What about the time we put in for school? What about our hobbies, what we like to do, what our passions are? Just like not every black person, Asian person, boy, or baby is alike, neither are girls. Sure, there are some eyerolling brats somewhere. Not every one of us are the same way.
I always felt different. I didn’t fit in. I used to be the outcast in my group at youth group. I had maybe 2 friends in the whole group that actually liked me and didn’t mind how I am. I was the “churchy” girl. But for a long time, I didn’t want to be. I wanted to be like every other teenage girl.
That was 3 years ago and while I’m not the outcast and more than 2 people have become like sisters to me, I’ve realize that I’m not called to be like every other teenage girl. I’m meant to be a light walking beside them. I think it’s a blessing to be able to be different. Girl, guy, or adult, don’t take uniqueness as a bad thing. It’s not an insult if someone calls you the “churchy kid”. You only take on as much responsibility of carrying that name as you make it.
There’s a lot of pressure when it’s assumed that you practically live at the church and you never ever sin. Which is not true (the sin part, but that’s a long story lol).
The way the world works today basically tears you apart for believing in what you believe. As Christians, it’s no surprise because it even said it in the Bible multiple times. In 2 Timothy 3:12 it says
“In fact, anyone who wants to live a godly life in Jesus Christ will be persecuted.”
So yeah, you’re gonna bump into trials. You may get made fun of. I was. In church. But heck, if they knew Jesus the way I do, they wouldn’t find an insult to throw my way.
Being a teenager is tough. Being a girl is tough. Putting them together was a terrible idea. But instead of complaining, take it in stride that you can change the way everyone looks at teenagers. It’s never too late to give them a reason to wonder what is going on with the teenage girls of the world. Make them say “What makes them so different? Is this what they’re like now? What drives them to be like that?”
Verse: 2 Timothy 3:12
Song: “Unusual” by Francesca Battistelli from the album If We’re Honest (2015)