Growing Up - by michelle

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
When you grow up...your thinking changes.
I miss the days when I was a kid..

Submitted: January 22, 2010

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I miss the days when crying gave me everything. The days when I was in the very centre of attention of everything.

I used to be fed with a spoon. I didn't have to do anything. I never had to make my bed like I do now. No one would've expected me to tidy up my crib. I didn't have to bother with sums, my grades and my school reports. I could sleep in until my hearts content. I didn't even have to bother going to the toilet. I could just do it then and there and there would always be somebody there to clean it up for me.

I can't do any of that now. I've far suprassed the baby stage of life. I'm 14 years old now, 15 in a couple of days, and the way of life is different. I can no longer cry when I want something. I have to persuade, ask and work hard for it. My grades are now an important factor of my life. They decide my future.

I liked being a baby a lot better. It was fun being all clueless and innocent. But when you grow older and learn more about the world, everthing seems more complicated and scary. You get a job, get an income, pay tax, pay bills....you live a life of independence.

When you're 8 years old, you can't wait to grow up. You can't wait until you're treated as an adult. I remember I always used to say that.

"I can't wait to grow up!" and my parents would just laugh and tell me that when I was older, I'd probably rather be young again. Back then, I didn't believe them. But now...I kind of do. I want to stay 14 forever. It's great being a teenager! Life hasn't become too serious yet. You're at the point of deciding your future and you can learn whatever. You don't have too much responsibility and you don't have to worry about rent and your income because you still live with your parents.

Sometimes I wonder...what do I want to be when I grow up? I look at the adults around me and look at their lives. I look at my school principle. She's a stern, determined lady who gets critisized a lot by the students. I wouldn't like that life. I look at the elderly ladies working at the local supermarket. I'm not sure that that would give me enough pay for a good life. There are so many jobs out there but there are so few that I think I'd enjoys. My frist priority is to be a Veterinarian Surgeon. It's easy to say, buts it's not an easy goal to achieve.

I've realized that you should find your goals as early as possible. That way, you can work towards it, knowing exactly what skills are required and what you need to learn in order to become that. You can't rely on the school for your education. You need to rely on yourself. The school is just there to help you with the basics and your parents are just there to give you that extra push and encouragement. But everything falls back to you. You have to have the determination.

I'm lucky. I really am. Two years ago, I was a total mess. I was carried away in the crowd, trying to fit in. I focused way too much on that instead of my studies, so I began to fall back. I really am lucky. My parents pulled me back on track and now I don't even have to try fit into the crowd. I just do things my way and the crowd follows.

I don't have to bribe people to be my friend. I don't lose my friends just because I won't let them copy my homework. That was what it was like in Primary School. Those weren't real friends. I have real friends now that I can share my thoughts and feelings with. Friends that understand me and know me for who I am.

I've learnt something very important. Don't pretend to be someone else. Be who you are, study hard and play hard, be forgiving and you will most definately.....shine.


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