Do you ever just reflect on your younger self and wonder where the expectations you had for yourself came from? Why you thought being a teenager, even becoming an adult, were something that they really aren’t? Seriously ‘younger me’, why would I be able to sort out my whole life in the same space of time it took you to grow out of your Olly Murs phase?! (It’s also quite funny to think that ‘younger me’ never saw that one coming. Oh, the innocence…)
It’s okay though- we all cringe big time at our younger selves at some point, so today I thought it would be fun to look back on those (spoiler: idealistic) expectations and maybe even feel a bit nostalgic about the naivety of youthfulness.
- ‘Younger me’ definitely thought I would have this confidence thing down by now (hahaha, she was SO wrong). I would say that I’m a lot less shy now, yet it is definitely something I still struggle with and probably will do for a long time to come. My Mum told me a quote recently: do something that scares you everyday, and that is something that is helping to build my confidence, gradually- unlike how I may have used to believe!
- If I’m brutally honest, I did think that once I grew older, joined the Sixth Form and mingled with new people at parties and social events, I would have some sort of experience with a relationship. Sadly, while ‘younger me’ was a dreamer, I would say that ‘seventeen year old me’ still is and might, just might, be still waiting for her ‘Prince Charming’ *gags at the now apparent cheesiness*. However, my experience in Sixth Form has brought a lot of male friends into my life that I really appreciate and I think for the minute, I should just try to focus on that.
- I have never had a job: part-time, on a Sunday or however every other teenager seems to have one these days, but I used to be so sure that I would have had one by now and that I would at least have some interview skills. Having a job hasn’t been necessary for me and I think that I have actually gained valuable money-saving skills because of this. #lookforsomethingpositiveineachday #morecheesiness *puts head in hands*
- Although I have applied to do Journalism with Media Studies at University (ahhh it still feels unreal), I did used to think that I would have a completely vivid idea of what I wanted to do with my life. Okay, I know I want to be a journalist but what type of journalist? How do I want to incorporate the Media side of things? SO MANY QUESTIONS…
- When you’re younger, it’s quite easy to become very very scared or embarrassed about things- well that was the case for me anyway, but you always imagine that this doesn’t happen to you as you grow up. I feel annoyed for fantasising in this way because of course there’s always going to be scary and embarrassing things in life, whatever your age. And that’s the same for everyone, which is why we have Twitter to share these experiences (of course!)
- ‘Younger me’ had very high expectations in the fact that she thought that I would know everything there is to know about being an adult ie. taxes, laws and all the other often tedious political things we see on the news. I’m sorry but most adults have little in depth knowledge of these topics so unless I read Politics For Dummies (2nd Edition for £14.99 on Amazon… wait, £14.99?!), that knowledge isn’t going to appear just yet.
- I don’t know why but I definitely used to believe that because I’d seen my sister be a moody teenager, that would just not happen to me. Yes, this was before I was educated on hormones and all the other little things in adolescence that just make you want to rip every single strand of your hair right out. I just hope that my Mum doesn’t read this because I can almost guarantee that she would create a WordPress account and comment below to prove the point that I do get moody sometimes… (Sorry Mum.)
So, there’s 7 things ‘younger me’ thought ‘seventeen year old me’ would have sorted out by now! Thanks for reading today guys. Now, what were your expectations of yourself when you were younger? Have you maybe even met them? Feel free to comment and let me know below.