Teenage love from a teacher’s perspective

I’m 25 and I’ve been a teacher for just over half a year now. But it’s amazing how the vantage point offered by the profession opens up doors to understanding a wide range of personalities. As someone who has always been interested in human behaviour and psychology, this opportunity to watch, interact with and observe a plethora of personalities is something I am extremely grateful for.

I teach students aged 18-20 currently and a lot of them evidently are in relationships that make them unapologetic day-dreamers. As someone who has experienced it back during my own college days, this observation came as a realization that it is most likely all our teachers knew everything that went on in our heads as we pretended to be intently listening in class, eyebrows strained and all that.

Although coming from experience, what intrigues me about teenage love is that most of them do not realize that their lives will change drastically over the next few years, as will their personalities and compatibility with their current partners. This must be why a lot of teenage love stories never really have the best endings – exceptions excluded. As these students learn and realize new things leading to better levels of self discovery, they and their current partners are bound to end up in different paths by their early twenties. And heartbreaks resulting from teenage love are rather sad.

From a teacher’s perspective, it is indeed fun to comprehend the dynamics of teenage personalities that we all had displayed back in our day but are now discovering the short-sightedness of it. Teenage love definitely is beautiful, but as someone who has discovered the shortcomings of it early, I’d suggest that teenagers focus harder on self growth. Love will always find its way in it’s own good time.

(This is a personal opinion. I completely understand the counter views for what I have proposed at the end. I do not disagree with them, I just believe this is a better choice. Also, my views are subject to change based on more experiences that I might have.)

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