I started out just about your age with the same complaints.
Learn to read tabulature, it is really not that hard and then try learning to play the songs that you want to play.
All the stuff from the site here should be really helpful. I'd highly recommend sitting down and strumming with versions of songs that you really like and know well.
It may be hard at first to be able to play along with the song but keep trying. You will, at first, probably want to play mostly without the song playing: your brain kinda knows what should come next you just need to memorize all the chords so your brain isn't having to try to remember where all your fingers go all the time.
I also recommend having a goal. For me at your age was to be able to play songs and sing without having any sheet music in front of me so I could be the guy with the guitar around the campfire. That meant mainly learning easy songs like Uncle John's Band, Dark Hollow, Birdsong, Me & My Uncle, Gomorrah, Monkey & Engineer, Sugaree stuff like that.
If your goal is to play lead like Jerry then you might want to start by still learning how to strum all the songs (Jerry did) but also start in with the modes and stuff. If you do want to play lead you can pm me: I've learned to play lead with Jerry as my guide and I've gotten pretty good at it fairly quickly and wouldn't mind sharing what you know.
Make your guitar your best friend, you won't regret it: they never talk back and they never leave you.
"Everybody can dance if they want to, that means everybody...That means you all can dance if you want to, in fact its nicer, there's no point in watching us, we don't do anything we don't normally do." Jerry 01/17/68