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Turning 20: An Ode To My Teenage Years

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to grow up – well, specifically to become a teenager. I wanted to dress like them, talk like them, go do rebellious things and sneak out like them. I could not wait for that part of my life to begin. After all, most movies depict your teenage years as ‘the best time of your life’. That’s the problem though; movies and magazines had embedded a preconceived notion of what I thought being a teenager was all about. Safe to say, my teenage years did not pan out how I had planned. For starters, I was in search of a best friend which never arrived (until the very end)– someone to share every moment of my teenage life with, to spill gossip, to talk and fan over boys with. I ached for someone I could be my wacky and odd self around, that I didn’t have to think of about everything I was going to say before it came out of my mouth. I would get anxiety before …

17 Things I Learned The Year I Turned 17

Buy pretty stationary and write letters to your friends. Write down everything. Keep a journal like your life depends on it. Write poems and lists and descriptions of your day. Keep pressed flowers, concert tickets, birthday cards. Sometimes when it is 3am and you feel hopeless, the best thing you can do is read about how far you have come in your own handwriting. Take lots of photographs. Keep them close on your phone, print them out and keep them by your bed. Document your new haircut, the sunset you saw on the drive home, the latte you had that morning. Pay $60 to go see your favorite band. Even though you will have to deal with an empty wallet for the next few days, they are your favorite for a reason. Get there four hours early. Cry when they play your favorite song. Take lots of pictures. It’s okay to say ‘I love you’ first. Nothing is going to turn out how you thought it was going to. Sometimes it will be for the …