Basically teachers are checking people’s twitter! If you write anything remotely bad about the school/teachers/student, you’re in trouble. This is the most ridiculous thing ever sjdgvakjfghdf. Luckily I have my tumblr to escape to.
1. See a live band. Hopefully an intimate, dark, room, where you are close enough to touch the performers. At the time the band will be Gods; in a few years they will merely be young men with too much facial hair.
2. Stay up all night. Preferably for some cool reason like a raging party, not a 3 AM AP Calc cram session.
3. Keep a diary. If only for the laughs in 10 years time. Trust me, I have one from 3 years ago and it’s hilarious.
4. Have one hopeless, totally inappropriate crush. A great-looking teacher is the obvious choice, but someone hundreds of years older than you is also acceptable. There ought to be much pining and longing involved.
5. Read a classic. Jane Austen is a good place to start, or go for something more controversial a la Nabokov. Read it because you want to read it, not because you have to read it.
6. Learn how to cook. It doesn’t have to be gourmet. I hate to sound like your mother, but you probably should be able to cook one basic meal before you go off to college.
7. Go through a misunderstood phase. Throughout this time you should aim to wear only black, listen to The Smiths, and read Sylvia Plath. Your most frequent exclamation should be “Nobody understands me!” directed at your suffering parents.
8. Sing or speak in public. Whatever you do, make sure scares the living daylights out of you. If you have a partial heart attack beforehand, that’s even better.
9. Dye your hair a ridiculous color. Purple, blue, green, pink; anything works, as long as it’s absurd.
10. Meet someone with your name. In a world of 6 billion people, it really shouldn’t be that difficult.
11. Stay out all night. Obviously, don’t do this if you’re 14 unless you want to be grounded for the rest of your life. When you’re older (and hopefully more mature), however, it can be an amazing experience to watch the sunrise from a rooftop.
12. Invent a word. Preferably one that is a noun, an adjective, and a verb. Have your friends use it repeatedly, until you find it in a dictionary.
13. See a movie in a foreign language. Make sure it has subtitles, otherwise, as cultured as you will seem, you won’t have the faintest idea what’s going on. Enlist a hot foreign guy/girl to “explain” it to you. This applies to more than just movies. Plays, music, television, seeing all of these media from different perspectives and cultures will make you a more rounded person and enable you to develop your own view on life.
14. Have a job. This is invaluable. You’ll need this money desperately to fund your foreign movie habit.
15. Shed a tear and say goodbye to your lost youth.