Teenagers are the world's greatest mystery. Ask any parent, most can go on hour long rants about their respective teens. The teen years, according to many "knowledgeable" adults, are the hardest years of life.

Having not the opportunity to yet study psychology, I cannot unravel the mysteries of the teenage mind. Being a teen myself, I can, however, present the facts as I see it.

We, the teenage population, tend to have very melodramatic lives. Of course, there are many exceptions to this "we", but given the about three billion and counting population, it can be overlooked. The whole world seems to be against us. We can be found at various hours of the day complaining about it, be it to parents, friends, or blogs such as this. Our teachers hate us, our parents hate us, we hate them back, and so goes the cycle, ad infinitum.

All of that is incorrect. We rarely give straight forward facts in such cases because we simply love the romantic idea of us struggling through an unfair and cruel world. It is pathetic, we know. Therefore, we refrain from complaining to our parents too much and answer with a vague "fine" instead. They, being the oh-so-knowledgeable adults they are, could probably come up with various solutions to our life's bitter turmoil. Rather, we complain to our peers instead so that they'll properly pity us. Our goal is to be understood and it's much easier to believe that peers will understand us better. What do the generations who've come before us know about life anyway? People don't generally understand us, or at least we think. Some part of our minds subconsciously stop us from letting anyone understand us. We don't really want to be understood but putting up the facade that we do isn't an all too bad idea. As we've said, it's pathetic.

Teens angst. We're suicidal, life doesn't matter, we want to die. Well, we want to be loved and blame the parents for not taking up on hints. Hey, it's not like we'll admit to needing family, but if it's forced on us, we'll grudgingly accept. We're grateful because doing otherwise would damage our developing prides and carefully cultivated image. We want attention without going straight out and asking it. Now if parents could only take up on these hints..

Teenagers are rebellious. Well, we've listened to parents for entirely too long. Now that we can think otherwise, we can defy our parents openly because we are not kids anymore. Sure, we're not adults either, and we know our parents are right, but why rub salt to the wound?

We want to be independent, in charge of our own lives. We want to be responsible, regardless of the fact that we're probably not. What do parents know of the daily hardships we face? They know nothing and we know all. We're experiencing it after all. We're old enough to know stuff, so, of course, we know better. Sure, they've been there, and most of our defiance stems from laziness and the healthy need to be right but we aren't about to admit it.

We want to reassure ourselves that we are important and that our oh-so- informed opinions matter. We desperately want to show our parents that we aren't sheep, that we are individuals that can stand on their own two feet. We honestly can't, but we'd like to believe we can. We refuse to follow parents; we follow others who can adequately sympathize, namely other teens.

Teens have bad grammar. This is laziness. We say "like" all the time because it stalls for time. We don't generally think about what we want to say until we're halfway through with the sentence. Otherwise, it's our limited vocabulary and we hope to convey our thoughts through semi- telepathy. Yes, teenage years are sad.

Teenagers are hormonal. That is science. They have various effects on people that I don't really care to describe. Note that the authoress thinks herself above all she has written and doesn't think she is like that at all. But then again, it's one of those unexplained things about teens where they don't want to be understood. They don't want to be categorized and they want to be recognized as unique. They go out of their ways to be different and try desperately to be the center of all. The teen years emphasize the self. Again, note that the authoress used "they" and not "we" but it's because she thoroughly disagrees that she is in anyway like that. Note that that by her disagreeing, she is proving herself to be like such.

This was meant neither to inform nor to actually be anything very serious. It is merely my opinion. If this is thought to be false, it makes it all the more true. And if it is thought true, then well. Of course, it should be remembered that opinions are neither.