BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Nicole

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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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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Ana

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Ana Lavos
A Thought Into Paper

Age • 23

“Looking at modern society 20-year olds, we are full grown adults with more responsibilities than ever.”

BEING Young & Twenty is a bridge between success and life stagnation.

It’s decisions that will impact my personality, behavior, and well-being. As a working adult since the age 16, young is something I never really felt.

That’s until I discovered how good it could be – and unrelated to age.

I’m 23 and never felt so young. Not from a maturity level.

But, from a perspective, young in spirit, and ambition.

We’re adults with more responsibilities than ever. I’ve been told I’m too young to do or say anything, yet, I lead -and have experienced- a more adult life than most “adults”.

BEING Young & Twenty means making decisions that will impact my life without overgrowing my youth and remaining fun, adventurous and above all, curious.

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Siobhán

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Siobhán

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Siobhán Collins
Slogadoodledoo
Age • 25

“Reflecting on your life at the age of 25 doesn’t always go down like a spoonful of sugar.”

Reflecting on your life at 25 doesn’t always go down like a spoonful of sugar.

There’s a fear setting in – a fear of being average. Really, there are smarter, funnier, more attractive individuals all around you. They have better cars, better-behaved hair/dogs/families. 
How do you stand out now you’re through college and venturing into the real world? 
Where’s the endless cash flow? The dream spouse, the dream house?

People younger than you are beginning to succeed. To get opportunities that you were never offered, or maybe never sought out. Maybe you didn’t stick your head above the parapet as you galloped headlong on the straight and narrow towards graduation. If you’re still in the part-time job you had in college, or if you got a job with your degree that you don’t really love…

You’re Young & Twenty.

No need to settle. Stick your head above the parapet.

If you are unhappy, move. Change something, do something, big or small, gradual or immediate. Work towards your happiness. If your job sucks, quit. Travel – if you can, blog it, get sponsorship. Make it easy for yourself. 

Take a course, be it academic or sporty, or for a hobby. 

Make time for volunteering. Two hours a week. That’s all it takes. Get work experience on your own time. Offer yourself to a cause that you may not be qualified for, but that you love. Hang out with old people, walk dogs, host a festival! I am.

Life experience gets you places. Life experience makes you interesting. What you learn – the people you meet, the places you go – could mean the difference between mediocre and magic.

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Ashleigh

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Ashleigh

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Ashleigh Davis
The Story Of Ashleigh Davis
Age • 20

“It’s time to think for yourself. Defend yourself and be the best that you can be.”

As I wrote this I thought, “what if my life isn’t as put together as other twenty-year-olds”? I don’t really know what I’m doing with my life as it is. But when I did my research and read other submissions, I realized, we aren’t meant to have our life together yet.

BEING Young & Twenty is a strange age to be. You aren’t quite an adult but you aren’t a child either. The reality is, nobody knows what they’re doing and that’s okay.

It’s time to think for yourself. Defend yourself and be the best that you can be.

There are many positives and negatives that you’ll experience throughout your teens and this will impact HUGELY on the person you become. Life is too short to stress, so take it with a pinch of salt and enjoy BEING Young & Twenty.

You’ll do fine. I know it.

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Cameron

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Cameron Jull
Cameron Jull
Age • 20

“I’ve finally learned how to accept myself, despite going through years of insecurity and low self-esteem.”

BEING Young & Twenty means a lot of things.

It means moving out of the house you’ve always called home. It’s making decisions like getting married, starting a family, and finding a career. It’s sorting out your bills and dealing with responsibilities.

Being the pessimistic teenager I was, I was scared.

“What should I expect from being 20?”

I since discovered the answer to my own question.

BEING Young & Twenty doesn’t always mean deadlines, mortgages or what day the bins go out. It means maturing. It means making mistakes and learning from them. It means spending time with your family and friends, and making sure you’re happy.

I’ve grown a lot since I turned 20. I’m happier than I was during my adolescence.

I feel free.

I’ve made mistakes and I’ve learned from them. I’ve learned how to accept myself, despite going through years of insecurity and low self-esteem.

I don’t know how the next 10 years will go. No one does.

BEING Young & Twenty is about having the time of your life.

So, live. Write a story worth telling.

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