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I considered myself to be in this category when I was young. However, thinking back, I was just using pretension to mask the fact that I was far too whitebread goody-two-shoes to be a "normal teenager".
Eh, it's a livin'.
Either I'm very bad at being a teenager or very good at it. Basically I'm a crotchety old hag, only with zits. More specifically, I spend all my time griping about my health, drinking tea, and (granted, for reasons other than most old ladies, but still) despairing of the fate of my country and her people. Oh, and I've already given up on netting any sort of romantic partner.
I was 12 from when I was 12 til when I was 20, so... my teenagerdom was interesting. And not 12-year-old girl. I was pretty much a 12-year-old boy. I think I confused most of the girls in high school because of it, and became the de facto punk kid sister of every group I got in, even if I was a few years older. Truth is, I still kind of am. So in that way I really made a piss poor teenager.
Also, my family is one of those "everyone drinks at a celebration!" types, and my sister started slipping me weak margaritas when I was 13 or so (and I felt so naughty for that, let me tell you) so drinking never seemed that big a deal after a few of those and no one caring about it...
edited 2nd May '11 1:26:19 PM by Bur
Weak Margaritas would be an awesome name for a band. Just sayin'.
I'm only fifteen, but I sometimes have the mindset of a toddler while at the same time having an 80's childhood. (I love retro games and older music.)
It happens. I had musical tastes that were almost geriatric for a teenager. Mind you, I was in high school in 1987, when popular music officially Jumped The Shark.
Im 17 and listen to a lot of Opera and 80s rock and rap. Also I think that grunge clothes look good on me.
Very old Chinese songs.
My teenage years (I'm 21 now) were when I began to expand away from classic rock while simultaneously realizing (back in middle school, more like) that countless kids my age actually listened to it. I was raised in a musical bubble, it's nothing to be ashamed of.
I also never drove on my own until a few months ago (despite getting licensed at 17, having begun the process promptly at 15...long story...), never broke any laws or went to any parties, had exactly one girlfriend for a whopping 13 months who I never...got very far with.
I was not "a teenager". I was myself. I am even more so in college, where I also don't drink and have never pulled an all-nighter. I think you see where I'm going with this.
edited 5th Aug '11 10:31:37 AM by frog753
Wait, you never pulled an all nighter?
I haven't even started college and I've pulled three or four.
I tend to listen to old stuff.
Like, from the 15-16-17th century?
I guess that makes me REALLY old.
Strange innit. Listening to 70s or 80s stuff makes one more old than listening to 17th century stuff, apparently.
Nor do I sleep really late in general. It throws off my meals.
I don't do all-nighters because then I would be essentially incapable of doing anything the next day (or more, if I didn't make up the lost sleep) and I don't believe in consuming anything energizing because it all tastes bad.
Yeah, I've never had anything with caffeine in it. I think that makes me a bad...um, human? But that's not really relevant.
I never broke curfew.
Oh, I mean all nighters in the sense of having eight pages to write for the next day.
If that's not a problem you've had your time management skills are impressive.
Writing at two in the morning yields interesting results.
I am incapable of writing properly in that state, that's why I'd never do it. Indeed, I never let things get to the point where I desperately have to write the whole thing the night before. If I can't get it done and get to sleep at a reasonable hour, then I prepare to accept the consequences, which would usually/probably mean asking for an extension. But usually I never get in this position in the first place because I ask for extensions well in advance if something seems to be going badly.
I have so much trouble getting work effectively done when I'm healthy and wide awake that I know I can't get it done in any other state.
Until college, I didn't have that problem. I don't think I ever had an eight page paper. I did have minimum word counts though.
Heh, you're a horrible teenager, you lucky dog.
I hated music until I was 17.
Luckily, this meant I skipped the godawful pop-punk/nu-metal phase that everyone else seems to have gone through.
Half of my teenage years I was an overly nice doormat, part a semi-reclusive, boring downer. Not many memories worth anything there.
Mainly, I listen to classical music, and all of my favorite movies came out before I was born.
Pretty much every book I read was written a long, long time ago, and I spend most of my time reading. I never try to break my curfew, and I voluntarily get in bed on time. My best friends are my sister, my dad, and my mom, and I spend as much time with them as possible.
I suck at being a teenager.
I'm pretty bad at teenagering too. I:
A)Read wikipedia voluntarily
B)Value my schoolwork
C)Hate Young Adult novels and teen dramas. "Oh, Terra Nova was awesome!" And I'm like, "No, Terra Nova is garbage, because it premiered one day after the Crawl Space episode of Breaking Bad."
D)I'm not blatantly rebellious. I don't hold rules up to high regard, so I'll break them without a second thought if I think the rule is stupid and it'll benefit me, but I'm not going to break rules for rulebreaking's sake.
E)Skateboarding is annoying. So is this "plaid" phase.
edited 7th Oct '11 12:57:46 PM by Pyroninja42
I was decent at being an emotional teenager. I also went through the "write terrible poetry and stories" and "play out fantasies in the Sims" phases, too.
Sadly, I did not live around anyone else who did that, so in comparison to my peers, it did look like I sucked at being a teenager. I think I just sucked at being a certain type of teenager.
I'm not sure how many teenagers were actually irresponsible (as opposed to just talking about doing crazy things to get attention) in my hometown, so maybe my responsible behavior didn't make me stick out that much.
edited 5th Dec '11 4:24:17 PM by BlackElephant
Still in the middle of my teenage years; have spent a disproportionate amount of time around history and social matters for a long time and voluntarily record my monthly expenses whenever possible. Do I count?
I don't know if I'm being good at being a teenager.
Several people have told me I'm a bad teenager. Maybe 'cause I read the dictionary, maybe because I'm an outspoken anti-teenage girl, I don't know.
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