Hey my lovelies! So you guys have been so supportive of my last post and I’ve heard lovely feedback for the writing and my progress, so here’s a reward for all your adorableness! And wow, you guys really wanted this (biggest rush of views ever)!
Your reward is my embarrassing teenage years. I’m 20 this year and despite the title suggests I did not ace adolescence. Teenagers nowadays are contouring, kissing boys, crashing house parties and slagging off their parents and teachers. I, on the other hand, was a very awkward teenager that had no idea how to dress or to be anything other than polite and well-behaved. Here are four things teenagers now know that I didn’t when I became a teenager:
1. How to dress to the latest fashion trends.
It was 2009 when I became a teenager and I have to be honest my parents letting me dress myself up to that point was probably a huge mistake because I had no clue what I was doing. Luckily, I have no actual examples of the atrocious clothes I put together, only the mildly odd and terrible ones from even earlier. Teenagers nowadays are copying Kim Kardashian and other style icons but I did my own weird thing. Plus the only makeup I ever wore was fancy dress makeup for parties. Imagine that.
2. That you should always check with the hairdresser about what will suit you.
There was a time when I was about 13 years old where I was almost completely blonde with a bob and bangs/full fringe because I thought it was cute and my holiday brightened up my blonde highlights. Let’s just say it’s not I will be repeating any time soon because I looked like a little boy. At the time, I was convinced it was cute in a different way, but no. I also thought being goofy was cute.
3. That in order to find Prince Charming you actually have to talk to boys.
Look at that face. For starters, I carried that bear around to document my travels for my little sister’s school. I spent more time with it than her. I was really shy in high-school and to make it worse I went to an all-girls school; the only time we really interacted with boys outside of school was at school discos which only lasted year 7 to year 9 due to some inappropriate behaviour from some of the students in the girls bathrooms. I had to have that explained to me too. I distinctly remember only ever dancing with one boy at the school discos and my friends tried to get him to kiss me but I wouldn’t let him . He was my boyfriend for like a week after, I never saw him and he dumped me when he went to Spain on holiday. I also chucked a glowstick with my number wrapped round it at one boy (I wasn’t the only one, girls)! There were also quite a few weird phases we went that now are banned topics amongst my friends and I. Not really a catch in high-school when you’re scared of talking to boys.
4. How to handle alcohol.
I know so many people that say they went to house parties with alcohol as soon as they went to high school, which for my international readers is 11/12 years old in the UK. I think my mum let me have the odd sip of wine at a family function but the idea of taking vodka and mixer to a party was far from my mind. It’s one of the things that kinda scares me about the changing generations because I can’t handle alcohol most of the time let alone while I was juggling high-school drama, zits and puberty.
The only things I cared about were weird fads, my small group of friends, reading and probably my tamagotchi or Password Journal. Being a teenager is so different now and it’s only been 7 years.