Hello and welcome to the second week of the Teens Tell Their Story project! Last week, Caitlin posted about the struggles of being a teen and we got some great responses. This week the topic is the opposite: benefits of being a teen. It’s definitely a bit harder to think of benefits than struggles, but we’re confident you guys will come up with some brilliant blog posts!

As with last week, you can approach this prompt in any way you want. You can structure your post however you choose: you can focus on one benefit of being a teen, or you can write about multiple benefits. Or, you could take a struggle you wrote about last week and try to turn it into a positive benefit.

Remember to tag your posts with teenstelltheirstory or ttts so that Caitlin and I can find your posts and read them! You can also comment a link below, or pingback link to this post. Now, without further ado, here is my sample post about benefits of being a teenager!


Being a teenager isn’t a walk in the park. It’s more like a walk down an unpaved road with lots of things to trip or fall on – and tons of people standing around you watching you walk. Or, at least, sometimes it feels that way. The thing is, after you learn how to navigate that road, it gets easier.

That road represents life, and the bumps in it represent all of the things that can cause stress and worry for teens; post-secondary education, school, friends, to name a few. Stress doesn’t ever go away, but when we’re exposed to it as teens we can find out what works best for us to deal with it. That way, when we’re older, we have the right tools in place to manage our stress.

Lots of teens have done incredible things. Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize, is an advocate for education and children’s education – and she just turned 17. If you need more convincing, check out Time’s list of the 25 most influential teens. Many adults have done the things teens are famous for, but the fact that we’re so young and accomplishing amazing things makes our accomplishments all the more amazing.

Another benefit of being a teenager is that there are tons of great opportunities geared towards us (for example, the Teens Tell Their Story project #shamelessselfpromoting). Adults have awesome opportunities too, but I think more and more businesses and corporations are realizing the power that the teen market holds – and we’re definitely benefitting from that realization.

A lot of teenagers feel like they have to plan out their entire lives right now. With pressure to apply to schools and decide future plans, it can seem like that’s the case. However, the truth is that as teens we have our whole lives ahead of us.

I’ll finish with a quote from YA author John Green’s Looking for Alaska: “When adults say, ‘Teenagers think they are invincible’ with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are.” Keep being invincible, teens, and keep blogging!