BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Nicole

BEING Young & Twenty Submission

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Nicole Cain
Teen Thought Spot
Age • 17

“You’re old enough to know the difference between right and wrong, but still young enough to be forgiven for doing wrong on purpose.”

I’m 17 – but I’ve been young & twenty for the last 5 years.
You may be thinking, “wow, is she bad at math!”

Which I am. But I’m being serious.

When I was 12 years old, my mom was in a serious car accident; leaving her with debilitating medical conditions, and me with a bunch of responsibility. At the age of 12, I was forced to grow up too fast.

I like to define my life from the last few years as BEING Young & Twenty, because despite being forced to become an adult-like figure early on, there’s still a side of me that craves the youth I have been deprived of.

To me –

BEING Young & Twenty means that you’re old enough to know the difference between right and wrong, but still young enough to be forgiven for doing wrong on purpose.

BEING Young & Twenty means that you’re now an advocate, both for yourself and others, and you have to understand that responsibility isn’t to be taken lightly.

BEING Young & Twenty means that you’re starting to create a name for yourself, and boy it’s scary to think that whatever name you make now, you carry for the rest of your life.

BEING Young & Twenty means that making mistakes over and over, but knowing one day you’ll look back and seem them as stepping stones and lessons learned.

BEING Young & Twenty means stepping out of your comfort zone, and fearlessly creating the life you want to live, no matter what anyone else has to say about it. Not yet 20, I don’t know how it feels to be “young and twenty”, but I can say that I can’t wait to finally get there!

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