Today is my 16th birthday. Now that… is just scary to accept. I remember just when I turned 13 years old; I probably had only read 10 ‘real’ novels, books without pictures, books that were more than 250 pages in length. Yet now, 3 years later, I’ve consumed a whole library of books – 736 books according to Goodreads – and gained knowledge that I most certainly would have not accumulated this soon without them. And for that, I am thankful.
Turning 16 means I’m the same age as several of the protagonists in the YA books I’ve read over these years, and while I still haven’t discovered myself a demigod, a Shadowhunter, a witch, a tribute, a badass huntress, or uncovered some ancient family history that ties me to an unbreakable curse *touch wood*, it’s still been a pretty spectacular year.
3 things that I’ve learned
You can’t make people change. What others do/think is up to them, and you honestly don’t get a say in how or when they go about that. You can’t make people change just because YOU want them to.
Nothing is ever as bad or scary as it seems. Even public speaking. Or a piano exam. Or embarrassing yourself in public. Who cares about what others think of you? The only person who gets a say in that is you.
Time is precious. So don’t waste it just sitting there like a blob and make the most of each day. Even if it is binge-watching TV shows… right?
3 things that I’m really proud of
I travelled overseas without my parents. At the start of this year, I travelled to America as part of a school trip. It was such a refreshing experience and so much fun – I even recapped my trip.
I was quoted on the front cover of one of my favourite series. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
I became an Inky Awards judge. One of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve ever had – I loved discussing books with fellow teenagers and just being apart of something so big.
16 things I want to do/accomplish before I turn 17
- Read 830 books
- Conquer my fear of public speaking
- Win at time management
- Work at a bookstore or pharmacist
- Create my own library with books filled EVERYWHERE
- Binge-watch all 10 seasons of Friends for the second time
- Learn how to code (other than the basics)
- Learn how to use Photoshop
- Beat my personal best for running 5K
- Win at self-control (hahaha…)
- Worry less about the little things
- Go travelling one last time before I begin the VCE
- Keep a journal of some sorts, or even a planner. Just something that I must commit to daily.
- Memorise the Periodic Table (I’m not sure why but I really want to do this)
- Go skiing for the 3rd time
- Re-read Harry Potter!
And that concludes my birthday post. I’m not really sure if I’ll be able to accomplish every single thing on my list, but I do hope to do at least 8 of them before this time next year. Goodbye for now, lovelies!
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