We all went through puberty and we knew for a fact that the struggles were real. It sucks at some point especially to people like myself who went through it way before everyone else. And yes, I was even a subject of bullying even if I did great at school. I felt different like the gods were playing at me.
According to MedlinePlus, puberty is the time in life when a boy or girl becomes sexually mature. It is a process that usually happens between ages 10 and 14 for girls and ages 12 and 16 for boys. It causes physical changes, and affects boys and girls differently.
So why puberty is hard to those who went ahead of the batch? Here are the reasons why.
- You woke up one day and realized you were never the same. There were changes in your body that confused the hell out of you especially when no one else’s was.
- You became conscious about how you look especially with those annoying pimples that started to invade your face. You then became well versed in things like facial wash and acne creams. You often wondered why they wouldn’t leave your skin and your classmates started to notice them.
- Also, you started to grow hairs under your arms and had to start shaving before anyone else did. And who ever invented deodorants? Before it was never a necessity but came puberty and it became a must or else you’d smell bad.
- You looked about many times older than all your friends and classmates. When you were with them, you appeared to be the older sister or brother. You felt like an outcast.
- You grew about a foot taller and that sudden growth spurt made you a giant compared to your crush. That was really awkward.
- Came reunion or family gatherings when your aunties and uncles would comment about how big you’d gotten and your cousins were still kids. How grown up you look for your age.
- For girls, you developed boobs and you wished your classmates and friends won’t notice them, especially that they didn’t had the same size. So you had impulsive decisions and did drastic things to hide them. Came mom and forced you to wear a bra.
- Then you had your menarche or the first ever menstrual period. It was like a nightmare, right? You even had it before your sex education class so you had no idea how to deal with it. So you became an expert afterwards on how to hide a tampon or pad. You frequently visited the comfort room to check if it’s secured or if there’s a need to replace it. And talk about hormones, you became moody because it was like no one seemed to understand you.
- You started to think maturely. Your interests changed. And you felt like doing things that didn’t make sense yet. You were like a scientist exploring your body for the first time.
- However, later you came into your senses and realized that all those changes were awesome and you would thank heaven you were ahead of the game.
Every stages in life is amazing. It may be hard at first but the journey is worth it.