21 Things I Learned at 21

Well, Enthusiasts, I made it to 22. And it’s been quite the year.

If you’ve been following me on this journey, you will know that every year I make a list of all the lessons I’ve learned. If you haven’t been following, here is 17, 18, 19, and 20. And what you’re reading here is 21.

21 Things I Learned at 21

The ripe age of 21 tested me in ways I never knew. I graduated college. I got my first adult job. I dealt with heartbreak for the first time. I bought a car. I learned a lesson about friendship. I became really good at making avocado toast. And each of these experience taught me about the person I am, and who I strive to be. I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for, and I hope the lessons below show that.

The days that defined my 21st year of life will always stick with me, to remind me of the path I’ve taken where I am. And with Year 22 happening in only a few short hours, I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me.Read More

20 Things I Learned at 20

Happy birthday to me!

I am now at the ripe age of 21, which means I now plan on having wine parties during my cheesecake parties. Other than that, not much else of my life will change. I’m still the same ol’ Morgan, just a year older and a whole lot wiser than April 25, 2015.

As I like to do on my birthday, I have compiled a list of lessons I have learned in the last year. They are things that I think are not only important for me as a growing person, but things that I believe we all need a reminder of as we grow older. Each year I learn so many beautiful life lessons and it would be a shame not to share them with the world, so instead of y’all giving me a present, I’m giving you 20 present pieces of advice!Read More

19 Things I Learned at 19

I turn 20 on Saturday. I am physically not ready.

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So, 19 was a good year, yeah?

 

I made my career on being a teenager, and I’m two days out from leaving my teenage years behind. Being a teenager has defined me so much, and as sad as I am to let it all go, I accept that we all get older. My 20s will be a great time – I truly believe that – but being 19 was a year that truly taught me a lot about myself. As I do every year before my birthday (check out my posts from 17 and 18) I am making a list of all the life lessons I learned from April 25, 2014 to now. 19 was an interesting year (finished my first year of university, moved into my first apartment, got my first boyfriend) and it taught me so much about myself and others. I hope that this list teaches you a lot too.

Here’s to the 19 things that made up last year and the 20 things that will make up this year!Read More

18 Things I Learned at 18

We learn a lot in a year. So much goes on in 365 days, and as each 365 days pass a compilation of life lessons are taught.

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18 never looked this good.

Tomorrow I turn 19 (best Friday ever, am I right?) and that means I’ve had roughly 365 days to learn some valuable life lessons. And this year was a doozy when it came to growing up. I graduated high school, moved out of the house, and started university. My whole life changed pretty drastically. But it was not for naught, as I now have a whole bunch of new life lessons that I can share with you! Last year I gave you 17 Things I Learned at 17 and a lot of you found it helpful for your own lives. I hope this year’s batch of fresh knowledge can be just as helpful.

Let’s get started on those life lessons, yeah?

18 Life Lessons From Your Local, Internet 18-Year-Old

1. Whatever scares you can make you stronger.

2. You are the cumulation of all the things you love.

3. Staying at home does not affect your “cool” factor.

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I Guess It's Time to Start Lying About My Age

You know those women who are trying to pick up younger men by saying “Oh, I’m 25. I just look mature for my age.” Truth is, their children are 25. Yep, those are the age liars.

I’m 16. And yeah, there are always the doubters. I have lots of people who read my blog, dissect each piece and then comment “Oh, how old are you. What college did you go to?” And I just want to say “I’m sorry, but did you actually read? I don’t even have a high school diploma!” I mean, teenage enthusiasm, ding ding ding, how old do you think I am?

I kind of feel like writing is deception in so many ways. You can’t seem someone’s face, you can’t hear their voice, you have no real indication of them except for what they tell you. It’s like if you were talking to someone on a random chat site and they said “I’m 19 and from Canada” you’d have to believe them.  But they could  47 and from Luxembourg. That’s why I always bring up how old I am. I don’t want any “Hey, what was your major?” questions coming up.

I think the weirdest part of being a  teenager who is in that 16-18 age range is that your age is always being compromised. At church, the woman behinds me and says “So, you’re going to be a senior next year, right?” and I have to reply, “Nope. Junior.”

My own grandparents,”So, where are you going to college next year?” “I’m not going to college.”

And my personal favorite, my friends’ parents, “So, you’re starting high school this year. That must be exciting. And I respond with the ever-so-clever, “What grade is Caroline going into?” “Eleventh.” “Yeah, I’m the same age as your daughter! What grade do you think I’m going into?” Only I say it nicer, because I’m a polite teenager.

Yeah, age is something that is definitely a problem. And when you can’t see the person, it’s even worse.  I mean, think about those dating websites. Anyone can photoshop a picture and lie about their age, so when you actually meet them it’s like, “Steve?” Sort of like in that movie Sleepover where they have to go on a date and end up meeting with their teacher.

Lying about your age is a simple thing to do. I’m not going to lie. So use it carefully and not when you’re driving 😉

Post in the comments your adventures in the act of lying about your age.

You all are the best! Thank you for reading and please subscribe. But you don’t have to.

Do what you want with your life.

-Morgan

16 vs. 6

Today’s Daily Press blogging challenge was “If you had a debate with a 10 years younger yourself, who would win?” And I took this challenge to heart.

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Ten years ago I was almost six, especially since in 4 days I will be 16! 4 days baby!!! Anyway, when I was 6, I was pretty feisty. And I was just as stubborn as I am now. If the two of us were to get in a debate, I’m pretty sure I would win. First of all, I was 6, so I probably would have gotten bored within five minutes and just gave up. Second, I am much more knowledgeable now, so I would have a much more convincing argument. Third, I think just about anyone could win a debate with a 6 year old.

Now, also going on the with 6 year old me, I haven’t really changed that much. Sure, I’ve matured a little, learned a bunch more, and have become a young adult. But my personality is the same. I’m still extremely stubborn. I love to just let go of all of my worries and twirl around in circles. When in doubt, I go and cry on my mum’s shoulder, just like when I was 6. I haven’t changed that much at all. And, to be honest, I don’t think any of us really change from when we are really young. We make small changes but keep that same personality that makes us exactly who we are.

But who would win in other activities? If me and my 6-year-old self were to compete in more competitions, I think that would be a different story. Math contest? 16. Jump rope contest? 6. Finger painting? Fair tie. But that only depends on who is judging 🙂

Well, I hope you all enjoyed reading that and are now comparing yourself to when you were 10 years younger. It’s pretty fun. Keep on reading you lovely folks and I’ll see you all when I’m 16!

-Morgan