As most of my counselling work is done in schools, I’ve been lucky enough to have the last two weeks off for the Easter holiday. This has its downs as well as its ups though, one of these being the double dose Monday feeling as I prepare for the new week and the return to responsibility, commitments and fitting it all in.
Moreover, however, I’m brought to mind of some of the teenagers I counsel and how they are likely to be feeling. The majority of them will have happily enjoyed late nights up and late mornings lying in bed, eating leftover Easter Eggs for breakfast and overdosing on Netflix. They will probably feel a little grumpy and maybe even a little apprehensive about their first day back at school. Nevertheless, they will reluctantly drag their sleep deprived selves to school and forget all about their worries within minutes of arriving.
There will also be those for who the thought of returning to school fills them with utter dread. The bullying victim who hopes that they’ve moved onto someone else over the break, the girl who’s ex boyfriend posted pictures of her in all her naked glory to the social media massive last week, the boy who finds the noise and bustle of the school day physically painful, or the girl who has to face her friends and teachers for the first time since losing her dad to cancer just before the holidays.
There will be many teenagers who will be lying in bed tonight staring at the ceiling trying to make sense of why they must go through tomorrow and even the odd few who will ask themselves whether things would be better if they weren’t here.
Finally, there will be the teenagers who will be glad to return to school as it is the one place where they feel physically and emotionally safe.
So, my tiny gripes about that Monday feeling pale into insignificance as I wonder once again at the superhero teenagers who are fighting and winning the battle to be brilliant at this thing called life.
I will do my best to be the ear that they need and the reflective force that enables them to see themselves through my eyes…Amazing!