I am writing this as a 17-year old girl who will– eventually, turn 18 in less than a month. And as so, I want to express what my youth taught me.

I always loved being a kid. I never wanted to grow up (not to mention I stopped counting my age when I was 15). It like, there’s fun time all the time. Not worrying about my appearance, my behavior, my uncanny manners. It’s weird that I’m actually gonna be a young adult in a short time. When I entered grade school, I never hurried and never anticipated growing up and expecting things that will mold me to what I wanted to be. I never dreamed about my dreams. All I ever do is to think about games, study and procrastinate.

Great things happen when you’re a kid. You are not told to do things especially the household chores. It is not important that you do things perfectly because you are not expected to be a hundred percent precise to things like adults are ought to be. You magically transfer to bed when you fell asleep on the couch. You don’t care if you don’t have money because Mama will always provide for you (except for too much sweets). And it is not embarrassing if you held your Mama’s hand while crossing the road.

Of course, there are things we don’t like about being a kid. Napping is first. I never want to sleep in the afternoon! There are bullies (but there are too, when you’re adult) and first loves.

I believe kids can do so much nowadays. To prove that, there are a lot of names of kids from different countries with high intelligence, skills and understanding. One of which is Adora Svitak. Her writings have blown me away. I have watched her speech on TED and one of her topic is on how adults can learn from kids. As she said,

“You must lend an ear today, because we are the leaders tomorrow” 

Which is true, because this generation will push the world forward. She inspired a lot of people and her speaking ability is absolutely astonishing.

Another great kid is the winner of Junior Masterchef Australia, Isabella Bliss. From the first episode, I admired her capability to cook and impress the judges as well. She proved that kids can cook like pros.

As a kid, Pope Joan was a good model. She knew her passion about God, and had the intelligence to pursue her dreams. There are a lot of down-side of her life as a kid but even though she’s been pushed by her own father, her desire to become a better person did not dissolve.

You see, there are quite a lot for me to think about when I eventually turn 18. To tell you the truth, I am just scared of the future. And to think that sooner, I’m gonna be independent and do things on my own cracks me. I guess I’m not ready to face new challenges. And I’m still reminiscing the past.

And if there’s any way I could turn to be a kid again and do the same things over and over again, I’ll do it. Because I am free to do things. There are no problems and my family will always be there for me.

The future is scary, but at the same time, excites me. I just pray things will be better.

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