I originally typed this out yesterday and then the website crashed so I have had more time to think things over and vent a bit however at least the first question is a bit wingy so i thought it should still go in the counseling thread.Feel free to skip my first paragraph it's a bit self pitying. 1) I'm 16, live in England and go to a reasonably posh Grammar school; I'm currently in year 11. I'm currently undergoing the classic avalanche of exam after exam. I'm quite bright but i lack work ethic however this leads to teachers having really high expectations of me, and I generally feel really ashamed when I sometimes disappoint them. At large I feel like even when I get time to collapse and spend time on myself all the actual enjoyment I used to feel is gone. I play a computer game for ten minutes which i used to love and then realize I just feel pissed off and turn off. I have quite a few friends but none are the sort that you can really properly talk about anything with. The closest person I have to someone I can vent to has anorexia and feels anything which goes wrong ever is her fault and all the time I see her she's just getting thinner and thinner. Sorry this has just turned into a whine, onto my actual question. Does life really get better once all the crap you go through to get qualification after qualification is over? Is it really worth it or is adult life just as miserable as from my point of view, (primarily based on books and media,) it seems to be? 2) Why do people have children? It's always puzzled me and the few adults I don't feel it would be rude to ask don't really explain. As far as i see children are the stereotypical drain on finance and personal aspirations without any real benefit or at least the grief teenagers give their parents compensate for it. Edit: Thinking now my slightly blunt way of talking especially in question 2 may be offencive to some so premptive apologies all round.