Everyone has life stories that they are most embarrassed about during their teenage years. For instance, a friend once told us secretly (Sorry, James!) that he soiled his pants on the bus in high school and acted like it did not happen. A colleague mentioned that her former classmate became a laughingstock for an entire year because she showed up at a school fair wearing a sun costume.
However, how would you feel if you found out that a teenager wanted to alter their life, but their previous wrongdoings often stigmatized them?
I do not need to be acquainted with a once-troubled teen to understand what they go through while trying to repent. If you think the world is already harsh to nerds, geeks, and poor folks, it is more jarring for those youngsters with criminal records. When the truth comes out, they get stigmatized because of that, and no one seems to want to give them another chance.
If that is what you are experiencing now even during quarantine, I am sorry. Some individuals are merely narrow-minded; they do not understand what repenting means. It will be best to stop paying attention to them and remembering the following instead:
You Can Change
The first thing you should ingrain in your head is that you can change. Improving yourself is not impossible, though it may require a lot of effort from you. If you wish to be a better person, you can do it.
Try not to listen to those individuals who say, “Once a wrongdoer, always a wrongdoer.” They can talk smack until their mouths bubble, but it does not mean they are correct about you. Only you can tell if you can genuinely change your life.
A Sketchy Past Can Be Used For A Good Cause
I have gone to various seminars over the years in which the guest speakers are former delinquents. Some of them sold or used drugs as teens; others got caught stealing stuff or bullying people. However, they managed to see the fault in their actions and started living lawfully.
My point is that you should not be too ashamed of your sketchy past too much. Instead of hiding it from everyone, you can talk openly about it and discuss how you have survived that aspect of your life. This way, you may help current delinquents think of leaving their old habits and becoming better versions of themselves.
Your Dreams Can Come True
Hearing folks say that you will amount to nothing because of your past wrongdoings can be very discouraging. That is especially true for teenagers who are only beginning to dream.
If that is the case for you, I strongly advise you to stop listening to insensitive comments. They are no different from evil spirits that will do everything to see you fail because that’s what makes them happy.
News flash: It is not your job to make others happy at your expense. You should live your life and work hard so that your dreams can come true.
It is always heartwarming to know that some rebellious teenagers want to turn their lives around without prompting from anyone else. That is enough proof to show how serious you are about changing for the better.
Now, I get how painful it is to hear others mention your previous wrongdoings, especially when you are trying to straighten up your act. But if you genuinely wish to change, you should never let them who you are and can be. You are still young; you can do so many incredible things if that’s what you want.