By Spinner, aged 14.
I would like to tell you that the pressure you have placed on me has made me confused. I am confused about where my future lies, what I should become, and I don’t know who I am anymore.
Remember that day mum and dad, when you had an argument about me and the pressures I’m facing. Mum you were telling dad to stop pressuring me to be perfect at everything. Perfect at school, son, sport, dancer, reader and even perfect in a future career that I don’t even know about.
The future will always be unclear, but I know that I’ll grow up to be a man that you will be proud of.
I’m only 14 years old. I enjoy skateboarding, hanging out with friends, dancing with my dance club members, and all the things young boys like me enjoy doing.
Mum and dad, there is nothing wrong with me doing these things. They keep me happy and that’s the most important thing. The future will always be unclear, but I know that I’ll grow up to be a man that you will be proud of. I know you’re doing this in my best interest, I’ll do my best to live up to your expectations. Don’t worry!
Spinner (name changed) is a 14-year-old newly settled refugee. This took him an hour to write, with only minimal support from a volunteer. This was retyped exactly as it was handwritten.
Teen blogging competition for National Youth Week 2013
Spinner is a winner in our Teenage Blogging Competition, as part of National Youth Week 2013. He wins $100 thanks to 1st Available, Australia’s number one healthcare booking site.
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