I watched Hook the other day, an old-favourite film of mine, and it got me thinking about the concept of ‘growing-up’.
I remember at the end of grade twelve, we had a few lectures about the evils of drugs, alcohol and sex just in time for schoolies. They had good intentions, but it was an all-girls Catholic school, and us girls like to talk about EVERYTHING at every opportunity. We knew more than they were comfortable telling us and their good intentions floated right over our heads.
It got me thinking about all the things I wish they had said in that talk before I left school. No, not credit cards are the devil or invest in stocks. That’s boring. I mean the important stuff. I’ve got a little list below, so feel free if you want to add anything.
Five things I wish they told me in school:
1. Pimples are not a teenage thing. They don’t disappear just because you hit your twentieth birthday.
2. First dates don’t get easier when you stop being a teenager. They suck just as bad as ever.
3. Your family will always drive you mental. This is not a teenage rebellion against the parents thing or a sibling rivalry thing. It seems to be an eternal thing.
4. No employer cares about the volunteer-school-thingys you did for your resume, they’re just happy they can put you on the minimum wage.
5. When you realise that you don’t know what you’re doing, go overseas.