You’re Not The Same Person You Were In High School & That’s A Good Thing

Sometimes, we like to reminisce about the “good old days,” but were they really that good? Sure, you probably had a lot of fun in high school, but when you think about it, would you rather be who you are today or that bratty teenager with no clue about life? It’s a good thing you’re no longer the person you once were.

  1. You were totally naive. No matter how smart you are, until you’ve had to support yourself in the real world, you don’t know crap. You think you do, but you really don’t. Until you’ve had to choose between paying your electricity bill or being able to have groceries for the work, you don’t know anything about anything.
  2. You were immature. You gossiped your way down the hall, you made fun of your teachers for taking their job seriously, and you thought the world revolved around you. You just weren’t an adult yet. If you acted that way today, you’d be slapped in the face.
  3. You loved stuff that you’d be ashamed of today. It’s a good thing most of us were too old for Bieber when he came out, but we were all hopelessly devoted to someone/something back then that we’d be embarrassed as hell about now. Just imagine! Thankfully, your tastes have matured since then.
  4. You were loud and obnoxious as hell. You know those groups of loud teens you see on the subways, making stupid jokes and just being super loud and obnoxious? That used to be you and your friends. Isn’t it a terrible feeling when you remember how you acted in public? Sometimes I see it, and I feel embarrassed FOR them. I mean, somebody needs to feel embarrassed, and it’s certainly not them.
  5. You had an embarrassing crush. Both in the celebrity and real worlds, you probably liked some pretty questionable guys in your younger years. Luckily wisdom comes with age, and you’re much more discerning these days.
  6. You formed cliques and alienated people for no reason. At your job, your clique is humane since everyone realizes they’ll still have to see each other for the rest of their working lives. But in high school, cliques are just mean and demoralizing… and you used to be part of one. Unless, of course, you were on the opposite side of things, and that’s just as crappy.
  7. You could barely drag yourself to school on time. Most likely, you have to be at work today around the same time that you had to be at school when you were younger — and no, your boss isn’t going to be as lenient as Mr. Glasel was for first period physics. You get one warning, then you get the boot. 
  8. You thought you were smarter than your parents. And also that you didn’t need them. Ha — how wrong you were. Your parents always knew everything, and you always knew nothing. That’s the way it always was; you just never realized.
  9. You did risky, stupid things. And you could have ruined your life before it even began, like those teens who think it’s funny to rob liquor stores and end up in jail forever because of our twisted system. Or the high schoolers who accidentally kill themselves trying to snowboard in a blizzard or who get too drunk and end up vomiting in their sleep. As teens, we’ve all done stupid things that could have ended way worse. Lucky for you, you’ve grown out of it and will hopefully never look back.
Chelsey is a freelance writer in NYC. She's pretty normal by today's standards, or at least that's what her mother tells her.