I turned 18 a few days ago, which makes me legally able to drink, book a hotel room, and basically do all the things that Australian eighteen year olds are able to do. I had an amazing birthday, which included having a Piña Colada and asking my mother if having one cocktail would result in my having a hangover the next day (no, I’m not joking, in my defense, I don’t know how much alcohol goes into those things). She just laughed at me.
Teenagers have a bad rep for being self-centered, ungrateful, and often unappreciative. In all honestly, I too, have had (many) moments when I haven’t appreciated all that I have, and have taken things for granted.
My birthday prompted me to think how lucky I am, and how grateful I was for the things in my life. Here are just 12 of the things I am grateful for at the moment:
My school and I have a bit of a love-hate relationship, which is to be expected seeing as I've been there for almost thirteen years. Yes, you read that correctly. THIRTEEN LONG YEARS. That's thirteen years of wearing the same uniform five days a week (it looked way better on me when I was five, just so you know), counting down the minutes until lunchtime during before-lunch school assemblies, and embarrassing myself at school sports. I adored my school until eighth grade, but after that, I strongly considered moving schools. Part of the reason I stayed, was the teachers. At my school, most of the teachers are fantastic, and I wasn't sure I could find just as great teachers at a different school. Whilst my school and I, like any long-term relationship, have had our ups and downs, I'm grateful that I got such a good education, at a school where (most) of the teachers took avid interest in making sure their students reached their potential. FYI though? Holiday homework is really unnecessary.
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