I am a teenager. I refuse to back down or give in. I will not be silent in the face of tyranny. I am the voice of both past and future generations. I am the in-betweener for the too young or the too old. I am the purgatory between a child and an adult. I will not be swayed to be who my parents are. I will not be pushed into someone else’s beliefs. I am me. I am an individual who will not fit a mold. But I will not pit my soul against another. I wield not a sword, but a shield. I will protect those who are less than me, And stand against any oppressors Regardless of success or failure. My scars will be badges of honor. My soul may be beaten down, But always know that I will get back up. Whether it be of stupidity or courage, I refuse to lose to any oppressor. I am a teenager. I am strong. And I will not be defeated. I will never give up who I am.