11/01/2011 09:28 am ET Updated Jan 01, 2012

Let's Change the Way We Think About Ourselves

I have been a completely focused person for a long time because I forced myself to. Sometimes when you're a teenager you have this feeling that you can create yourself just by focusing hard enough and there you have a new person. While I can rant about how that does not ever create a new person but rather it creates a new shell, no one will ever want to listen to me. I'm not going to be anyone's teacher, but I do have a lot of experience coaching my peers with math homework (yes, I have a lot of expertise in that area). My point here is to show you that sometimes who you create can be a product of what you want or what others made known that they want from you. I am a big reader of self-improvement books so you can expect a lot of my posts to be about boosting who you are. But you know what? Most of those books are made for middle-aged adults who have already lived half the lives we are just beginning to struggle through. And teen self-help books are purely juvenile. So I hope that I can be your self-improvement book, if you even care about improving yourselves (most of us think we are pretty perfect).

I thought I was perfect too for a long time until 10th grade came at me full speed. The work came faster than I had time to take care of myself. Yet, in going through that, I can honestly say that I have learned more about myself, what I can handle, and maybe who I am. Besides me being the resident Doctor Phil, I want to give random advice about those awkward times in your life when you just figure out that you are a character in your own life. Those moments when you are between best friends, guys, or you get a grade that just doesn't match your preparation. I am a teenager just like the rest of you guys and have a hard time being heard, too. I don't want to change the world but I do want to change the way we all think about ourselves because that can change an important part of ourselves. But until I give up those goodies, just continue being young, teenage, happy, and yourself. Yourself IS whoever you create but it has to be someone you can live with. If you can't live with yourself for this decade of teenage years, imagine the baggage you will have when you grow older. (I've had plenty of teachers who seem to still wonder why they weren't the cool ones in high school). ENJOY THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR! :)