Teenagers are known for their gawky prejudices, which tend to change once they get into the real world.
So I went out for lunch today with a group of friends and their friends and was disturbed to find myself feeling defensive and edgy which dragged me back about ten years to gawky teenage years of perpetual embarrassment.
They're essentially gawky adolescents engaged in self-discovery.
A gawky chap with a ponytail, rarely ever seen in a suit, he wanted to be different from those tough guys at the big anonymous corporate conglomerations.
I might be the gawky gap-toothed kid who's not cool like everyone else at school, but as long as I like myself I'll be fine.
Filled with uncommon self-belief and undaunted by his tall and gawky appearance, he sought out the Royal Theatre and tried to get a break as an actor, a dancer or a playwright.
At that time I was a gawky 18-year-old, from a small town - unused to and unaware of the big sophisticated city.
I was a horribly gawky and nervous teenager and speech did not come smoothly out of my mouth.
He's fair-skinned and gawky while I'm bronzed and supremely athletic.
The problem lies with the girls he chooses, as he shows a distinct preference for beautiful, if slightly gawky , younger women who aren't terribly self-confident.