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Author Topic: Starting Young  (Read 4991 times)
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« Reply #1: October 12, 2007, 11:20:42 pm »

Hello All,

      With the increasing trend of "wiccans" and "pagans" beginning to follow their different paths earlier and earlier, often without supervision, I feel the need to wonder how many of these will continue into adulthood as sane, reasonable human-beings and remain a member of their chosen way.

    I know I got started early, I started wondering when I was about fourteen and started practicing when I was six-teen. Unfortunatly, I had no real mentors to guide me along, except for O' Invisible One, who I avoided like the plauge. I really don't think I was ready, I understand things happen for a reason, and I love my relationship with Apollo (Let me rephrase that, right now I'm tired, grumpy, and severely disappointed with my own abilities and will-power; atleast, I'm not running away from Apollo anymore. ) But I don't think I was really ready.

    Even now at eighteen, when most young people are out with friends and having fun, I, by choice, am at home studying (sometimes) for both my religion/divination and college. But having all this pressure and responsibility is not fun. There are days when I'm arguing with my mentors, and grandparents, I wish I could just tell them to shove it where the sun don't shine and go off and have myself a good, petty sulk-fest. But then that would hurt their feelings and upset them and so I don't I put up with it until I break then we begin again. It's a horrible cycle, but until I get my own home, and can be more open with my spirituality I don't forsee any great change.

I'm not a masochist, and I would love to be one of those social butterflies, but that's not my lot. And I know that my hardwork now will pay off later, it's just hard when I don't get to "see" the results.

   But what about other teen "others"? Who do they have to look to and what are their chances to have a future as a well-balanced pagan adult?
  I can see that you are a well-mannered, determined, and bright teen, and I do understand where you are coming from. But, I think you are trying a little too hard.
  Your own spirituality, religion, practice, etc... should be an enjoyment. Don't rush your experience with your own faith. Let it develope on it own, when you are ready....spiritually and mentally. There are many Pagans that started out young, I was one of them. I know people who started out younger than me, some turned out to be (what I would call) great Pagans, but most importantly great people...and of course some turned out to be just idiots playing.

  As you grow and change so does your spirituality, which is important. Stagnation is the worst thing that can happen to people. We are all meant to grow and change, if we didn't humans would have died out a long time ago.

  As for the new young people finding Paganism...have hope for them. Some do have mentors, some are being raised Pagan by their families, some (like yourself) find places like this, where they can talk to others, ask questions, and find information. And some start out with simple books, begin to explore the religion and take it one step at a time. Of course there are going to be set backs, sometimes that is the best way to learn, but they will figure it out if they are meant to be on this path or whatever path they do end up choosing.


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