Maria Edfrel R. Haboc

FROM CLUELESS TO CONFIDENT

An introduction

“I got pregnant at the age of 14 and had no clue what to do…” answered my friend Christine, after I asked her on how does it feel to be a young mom.

This conversation has wakened up my senses into a verdict of moving people towards having a good life. My passion on sharing experiences of these people close to me, who were accidentally betrothed having a baby at the most unexpected age of their lives. The reason why? I was alarmed with the numerous counts of my close friends who got married, but some preferred to be single parent, at ages 14-18.

Most of them didn’t have the chance to finish their studies. While some who were supported by their parents did graduate. Imagine how big opportunity got lost to them. I remembered during our high school days, we’re talking about our dreams. We want to become successful in our career first, and to have a family at the age of 25, to keep in touch and to stay as close, forever.

But what happened now? During occasion when we are all about to reunite, these girls who have kids were always absent. They’re too pre-occupied with their own families. I pity them secretly because they didn’t even enjoy their life being “single”. At young age they already look haggard and stressed. They can’t buy luxury; limit to buy things to only what is needed.

On the positive side, these teenage moms were happy with their kids. The joy and laughter seen on the faces of their children, according to them are the reason for them to believe that there’s something to look forward to. “Everytime I wake up and see my daughter beside me, I forgot all my problems and have the reason to smile and still thank God for giving me my precious angel,” said Carla, who has a 1-year-old baby.

I hope this blog will help all the teenagers out there as we will voice out here the reason why this is trending nowadays and as well as the different causes and effects of teenage pregnancy.

Before I end this note, let me leave you a quote that I grabbed from one magazine.  “Making a decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”  — Elizabeth Stone

 


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