I’m a perfectly good carrot that everyone is trying to turn in to a rose

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As a carrot, I have a good color and a nice leafy top

Adolescence is when girls experience pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts.

This pressure disorients and depresses most girls. They sense the pressure to be someone they are not. They fight back, but they are fighting a “problem with no name.” One girl put it this way: “I’m a perfectly good carrot that everyone is trying to turn in to a rose. As a carrot, I have a good color and a nice leafy top. When I’m carved into a rose, I turn brown and wither.”

Adolescent girls are saplings in a hurricane. They are young and vulnerable trees that the winds blow with gale strength.

by Mary Pipher, Ph.D (born October 21, 1947)
from Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (1994)
Also a Movie (2010)
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