There is a little Naruto
in all of us. For those not familiar with the manga or anime series, Naruto Uzumaki is a teenager who just happens to be rather loud and obnoxious. Oh, and he's also a ninja out to save the world and get a little bit more recognition for his good deeds. Even if you are not a boy, a ninja, or hyper, I firmly believe there is a bit of Naruto hiding inside you.
and parents may be polite and say that you are, "full of energy." This is a nice way of saying you are hyper and have the ability to drive the people around you nuts. I only say that because I have a small case of it myself. All of us have been known to go a little wild every now and again, but those that live in this state almost every waking hour are already channeling Naruto.
Your raw energy level is dependent on a lot of things including your food choices, your amount of rest and who the best looking boy in your class is at the moment. While hot boys may not make our teenage ninja hero wired, they can certainly do it to you – and you know that's true.
If you don't think teenage girls are loud, try sitting through a concert or a school dance next to some. Of course, you were probably in the group sitting next to me last time I almost had an eardrum burst from the loud shrieking and screaming, but the concert was totally worth it. It only makes sense that the energy you have should come out in all kinds of ways, including your volume level. Be loud, have fun, and maybe you'll get your own television show someday – it worked for Oprah and Naruto
and it might just work for you, too.
In Search of Approval
This is an area where we all are a little like Naruto whether we want to be or not. He is constantly seeking out approval and recognition for his deeds, and as much as we might like to pretend we don't care what others think, we do.
It feels nice when we get a compliment from a friend or a teacher. You work hard on a chore or a project and when your mom says how great it looks or tells you how lucky she is to have you as a daughter you light up – even if it's just on the inside.
The message to take away from this constant search for approval is not that you are a horrible needy person seeking attention constantly (at least I hope you're not), but rather that you are perfectly normal. We like to be praised when we do something well, and digging a little for a compliment is natural. Just remember there is a big difference between proudly, yet casually, throwing your report card on the table during dinner and obnoxiously bragging loudly to anyone who'll listen about how much smarter you are than they are.