Dear Teenage Boys, (actually, let me call you young men, I know being a teen you must hate being called a boy…)
The truth is you are becoming men. That being said, there are some responsibilities that you need to step into. I know, I said it, that dreaded word – RESPONSIBILITY. As scary as the word may be, it’s time to face the facts. You are responsible for some things now. To make matters worse, your responsibilities will only grow from here on in. It doesn’t get easier so I hope you really enjoyed the carefree days of your youth.
For the rest of your life you will be faced with choices. Choices that bring with them consequences, Choices that effect more people than just yourself. Choices that can either set you up to have a great future and choices that can make your life far more difficult than it is meant to be. How do you make your decisions? Do you just “go with your gut”? Are your choices made purely by how you feel? If it makes you happy will that be the choice that you make? Do you ask others for advice? Do you seek any guidance at all?
This is something I have always found interesting. In school you have a guidance counselor. Their role is simply to help you make choices regarding the classes that you need to take in order to complete a well-rounded education. At times they are also there to help you when you are having a bad day and need to talk – but mostly it’s just a quick appointment once or twice a year to pick your classes. If you have someone that helps guide you through the mundane choices of Algebra or Geometry then why in the world would you expect to be able to jump into much larger decisions on your own?
Yesterday I spoke honestly to the ladies. I spoke to them about the images that they post of themselves on Facebook. I’m quite sure some of you are hatin’ on me right now because I am trying to take your fun away. Sorry. No, actually I’m not sorry. I’m annoyed. I’m frustrated. I’m downright pissed off at times. I see the way that girls are doing anything and everything possible to be noticed by you guys. I see the way they are throwing themselves at you in order to feel wanted and cared for. The sad fact is that many girls are not getting the love that they need from their father’s the way that they are supposed to and because of that they will take any kind of attention they can get – including you all gazing upon their bodies – and giving them the appearance that they are desirable.
I guess that is one of the responsibilities that we can talk about right now. The responsibility of being a man and not just some punk that will freely take what is not yours to have. Just because some girls are willing does not mean that you should be. Man up! Having sex doesn’t make you a man. Sex does not equal love nor does it equal care for another person. And quit using the line, “I love you.” just to get what you want. Girls so desperately want to hear this and when you manipulate them by telling them what they want to hear you are only continuing the cycle of un-acceptance that these girls are struggling with. Each of these girls are someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, and someday, someone’s wife, mother, grandmother. Protect them. Protect them because you will appreciate your future wife that much more if she enters a marriage with you with no baggage.
I know that seems like such a foreign concept to you right now. Marriage is something that you are not thinking about. Actually, if I may make an observation (and I will because it’ my blog and you can’t stop me) the cycle that you are perpetuating is one of divorce. Your dating habits actually teach you to be great at LEAVING relationships. Think about it. You date a girl. It’s fun. It gets serious. You get physical. It goes as far as it can go. You get bored. You have some conversation (hopefully it’s face to face and not via text message!) and you share with her that, “it’s not you , it’s me. I guess I have changed. But we can still be friends.” (Forgive me for a minute, but you’re lame!) Then you go find another girl and repeat steps one through seven. And then you do it again, and again, and again.
What did you just teach yourself to do? When the going gets tough, leave. Think about how many married couples have done this over the years. Rather than take the vow, the commitment, the oath that we have made seriously – “to have and to hold till death do us part” we just leave when it begins to get difficult. Maybe try and just be friends with girls. See your role, your responsibility, as one of a protector of girls. If more guys did that these days I believe we could see a radical reformation in relationships that would make a difference for generations to come.
There is so much more I could write to you, and I hope that through the next years we will talk more about this stuff. Trust me, I’m not coming down on you alone. I understand that there are plenty of girls that need to understand that they need to protect you guys as well. I understand how you are wired – I’m wired the same way. When you see something that looks good you want to look at it more and more and more. I do understand that girls need to cover themselves up to keep you from desiring to see more of them. But you’ve got to do all that you can to protect yourself. Get together with some other guys and talk about this stuff. Share with them about your struggles. Allow them to help you. Find some other guys that may be a bit older than you, or for that matter way older than you, ask them to help you. Ask them for guidance.
If it worked for that Algebra class who knows how it could help with this kind of stuff…