No worries, no problems, no responsibilities - all the perks of being a teenager

No worries, no problems, no responsibilities - all the perks of being a teenager

This week, we asked our readers: what’s the best thing about being a teenager? Here are our favourite answers

No worries

We need not worry about things like finding jobs and earning money. And with no stress or responsibilities, we can play all day. I don’t want to grow up! 

Eunice Yip, 16, Pooi To Middle School


Tough life

When I was younger, I didn’t have to worry about anything. I would play with friends and have fun and no one told me what to do. In those good old days, 24 hours in a day were enough for me. Now I’m reaching the end of my teens and I have to think about school, deadlines, and even internships. Life’s harder these days!

Natasha Lau, 19, Cardiff University


Let's enjoy

As a teenager, you get to enjoy all aspects of life – no worries, no problems.

Adrian Seto, 15, South Island School


Acting up

You can get away with almost anything, that is obviously the best part. Being a teen, it’s super easy to do something wrong, and say “sorry” with a cute little pout. In other words, act like you are really remorseful, and then you get off the hook. 

Parul Methi, 12, King George V School


What’s the best thing about being a grown up?


There’s a second chance

You can take risks with a support system in place. On the other hand, grown-ups cannot do that because they are supposed to be independent and well-off. As a teenager, it’s great that I can be as creative as I want and still fall back on my family if I make mistakes.

Liam Fung , 14, Chinese International School


Sounds wonderful

You get to be anything you want to be, and you won’t be judged for it. No rules. No responsibilities. It’s as good as it sounds.

Stephanie Young, 16, Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)


Nothing like studying

Although many of you may not agree, I have to say it’s going to school and studying hard every day. I am motivated by the thought that I can relax after the exams.

Clara Chan Hoi-ying, 17, Wa Ying College


Cheery days

Teenagers don’t need to work, so they lead carefree lives. This is the best thing about being a teenager. Many people say the happiest days of their lives were in secondary school. I fully agree. Although bad things may happen, you have a jolly good time overall.

Jasmine Lo,14, Christ College


Going strong

Secondary school life is precious because we can share our ups and downs with our friends and stay strong together. This is something we are really going to miss when we leave school. It’s also a great thrill to take photographs with our classmates wearing our school uniforms. 

Lee Sze-wai, 13, Immaculate Heart of Mary College


Those were the days ...

You can play with your friends and do stupid things. You can’t do those things when you grow up because you won’t have any free time. You will be working then and you’ll have to fulfil your responsibilities. So, do some crazy things and make your teenage years memorable!

Suki Kwok, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School


For next week’s Top 10, tell us: If you could eat lunch with a fictional character, who would it be and what would you eat? Send your answers, along with your name, age and school, toreporters.club@scmp.com, and our favourite answers will appear in next week’s Top 10 page!

Edited by M. J. Premaratne

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