Australian teenagers are not always happy. Not quite how Taiwanese teenagers think they are. Really not.
Most of the time they are ok. But a lot of times they are stressed. They encounter drug problems, alcohol addictions, friends problems or even bullying. I see a lot of that in my work because unlike instrument learning, singing is quite an intimate thing. If they are not mentally in the right state of mind, I can feel it straight away.
I always have kids telling me they are upset and frustrated. Tired, depressed. On the outside, you can never tell. They are all so good looking, well spoken and confident. All from very good family with the top private school education. But they hit puberty like a storm!
What do I do? I listen. Being a therapist for many years I do have a way of talking to them without them realising it. Sometimes I feel so stressed at the end of the day. You feel more like a psychologist than a teacher.
You know I am always a very goal oriented, show off kind of person. I set goal for everyone that is exam after exam, competition after competition. I like to see them shine on stage and I like to see them feeling good about themselves. I thought that was what they want too.
No. I asked most of my teenagers why are you still here after all these years. They told me about their emotional journey and how this helps them. I feel quite privileged to be part of their growing up journey.
All these, shall soon pass.
Everything is going to be all ok kids.