I had to share this with you guys. I just thought, ‘Yes! We need to see more of this!‘
Do you remember being 14? Or do you try to block the memory? Oh that was a fun time wasn’t it? Erm no. Not really. Unless as the article says, you happened to look like a cute model and somehow navigated the moody hormones with ease? And even if you were ridiculously beautiful you no doubt worried and stressed about all the usual teenage issues! No one escapes the anxiety of these years.
Me? I was the gangly one – all legs and arms. I always felt too tall. Most the girls in my year looked so perfectly curvy and compact in comparison. Turns out they wanted my long legs as much as I wanted their curves. I guess we all have to grow into our new bodies and adapt to our evolving identities.
Do share your thoughts on these awkward in-between years. How did you survive? Do you have any advice for the kids of today?
If you are a teen reading this – chin up sweetie, trust me – it does get easier.
Unless you were one of those kids with perfect teeth and baby model hair, you probably experienced the dreaded awkward years. You know, that uncomfortable time between bright-eyed adorableness and adulthood.
The series features photos of adults holding their most awkward childhood snapshots, and aims to make “people to be proud of who they’ve become.” The project also hopes to bring braces-filled smiles to the faces of kids currently in the trenches of awkwardness.
Then: 13 years old, 7th grade, Herndon, VA
Now: 32 years old, Communications Manager for the Utah Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, residing in Salt Lake City, UT
Then: 12 years old, 6th Grade, Taylorsville, UT
Now: 28 years old, International Model, as well as a Policy & Procedure Analyst at Discover Financial Services, residing in South Jordan, UT
Then: 12 years old, 6th grade, Salt Lake City, UT
Now: 41 years old, Paralegal residing in Salt Lake City, UT
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**Alana Munro is the author of Women Behaving Badly – Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship. She was an awkward teen too.