20 Things I’ve Learnt In 20 Years

So last Tuesday I turned 20. And to be honest I’m not too happy about it.

I know you technically become an adult in legal terms when you’re 18, but so long as you’re in your teens you can easily fool yourself that you’re not. When I was 18 I was retaking my first year at college, and I was only just starting to get back into work after having 6 months off sick, and everything was still being paid for me. Just short of 2 years later and I’m in my first year at uni, I’ve bought 2 cars (I haven’t even passed my test yet, but my first one was just a dud), I have to pay rent, travel expenses. I feel like I’m becoming more of an adult by the minute, and being 20 is just a reminder of that. In 5 years time I’ll be expected to have bought a house, settled down, and be popping out babies for God sake.

There’s probably some of you older than me going “oh my God, Johanna. Shut up. You’re not that old.”

Anyway, during my 20 years on this Earth I have learnt some things. Some are important, some are extremely unimportant, and some are just down right random. So I thought I’d share 20 of those with you. Because it’s oh-so-blogger to make a list like this that has same number of bullet points as the years you’ve spent on this Earth.

  1. Letting your mates play around with your crutches is the WORST idea ever. You’ve just given away your ability to walk… And you won’t be getting it back for at least half an hour.
  2. If you’re blonde and you dye your hair black… you will never be able to get that blonde back (unless you go to the hairdressers and use a shit ton of bleach) because colour b4 does not work. You just end up ginger.
  3. Council Tax is the sneakiest tax going. And despite the annual letters, I still didn’t fully understand where all that money goes.
  4. You cannot microwave Chinese takeaway in the metal container it came in. (Sounds obvious but I learnt that the hard way).
  5. Nobody cares what GCSE’s you got, at least not once you’ve got into A-Levels. And oddly enough, once you’ve got into uni no one really cares what you got in your A-Levels either. They’re all just a stepping stone to another, really.
  6. Speaking of A-Levels. You know when they say that A-Levels is a big jump up from GCSE? Unless they’re ‘big’ jump is trying to jump from England, over the channel and land in France they are totally underestimating that jump.
  7. Never ever feel ashamed to like the things you do. If someone tries to make you feel that way then ditch them right away. You don’t need that negativity in your life.
  8. Equally don’t feel ashamed not to like the things everyone else does. I still do this day haven’t watched an episode of Bake Off or Ru Paul’s Drag Race. That’s not to say I don’t like them as such. I’m just not in a rush to join the hype.
  9. Mitochondria is the power house of the cell.
  10. Big dogs aren’t scary and are just cuddly goofballs. It’s the small ones that are the scary, gobby little shits.
  11.  Some friends will come and go. It’s sad, but it’s just a fact of life. As humans we are ever growing as people. And as we grow, we sometimes outgrow the people we socialise with. And that’s okay. You’ll all find other people in the end.
  12. Clothing sizes on the high street are fucked up. They vary from store to store. And over time, will vary in the store as well. Honestly, I have old pairs of jeans from New Look that are a size 12 and that I still fit into, and now I’m having to buy my high waisted jeans in a size 16. Don’t let it get you down if you have to buy a bigger size than usual sometimes. You’re not fat. High-street sizing, and clothing sizes in general are just whack.
  13. Some people grow out of their emo phase. But God knows you won’t. Your inner emo is far too strong for it to ever be killed off. Sure, you may not dress in all black with big chunky boots anymore, but you still listen to Bring Me The Horizon on your commute.
  14. You will vow so many times to look after your hair more, but you still abuse it. I remember I was adamant I was never going to dye my hair when it grew back, and now here I am with pink hair… I just lather is with argan oil treatment and hope for the best…
  15. You don’t have to get out of the UK to travel. I’ve been abroad once. Literally once. My family just never had the money for holidays abroad growing up. And in a way we still don’t. I’m currently saving to try and have a trip out of the country sometime in the near future. But in the meantime I’ve enjoyed plenty of travels around the country. Birmingham, Cardiff, Pembrokshire, Dorest, Bristol… the list goes on. Never underestimate the beauty and fun of your own country and go an explore it.
  16. But for God sakes, do travel. Like I said, just literally go wherever you can afford. But do go there. Travelling is so fun, and it’s so nice to get away from ‘home life’ for however long you go for. I don’t know how anyone can live without going away for a bit because even just 2 months or so without even just a night away somewhere else and I start to go mad with all the stress being at home constantly brings.
  17. You’ll always be embarrassed by your younger self. I am constantly cringing at 17-year-old me and even 18-year-old me. And to be honest, I just want to punch 15-year-old me in the face. Like I said we’re ever growing as people, so we’re obviously not going to be the same person we were 5 years ago, or even 1 year ago. So it’s natural to look back and think “what on earth was I doing?” or “who is she?”.
  18. Getting a pet is the best thing. Not only are they fun to play with (a game of fetch anyone?) but they also help you learn how to look after something (not that I’m saying its baby prep, but it can be if you want it to be). Whether you get a dog, or a cat, a hamster, or even just some fish… learning to look after something just helps you grow into a better person as well.
  19. Tattoos are awesome but require so much will power and memory. You seriously can not forget to apply your after-care or you’ll soon know you did. And you need all the willpower in the world not to scratch the god damn thing when it itches. At the same it seemed like the worst mistake ever, but now it’s all subsided, it’s actually the best thing I’ve ever done.
  20. Getting old doesn’t have to be daunting. I sound like a right hypocrite here after that nervous rant right at the beginning but lets just say I sort of learnt this as I was writing. It’s true when they say you’re only as old as you feel. So feel as young as ever and go out and do stuff.

Honestly so much of this stuff is useless stuff. Sure, I know council tax is sneaky and expensive but that is literally all my knowledge on taxes. Schools don’t prepare you for this crap whatsoever.

Anyway I’m going to go cry into my tea about being an adult because literally so many people have reminded and are continuing to remind me. Ugh.



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