12 Things I Never Thought I Do | The Caitie Diaries

28 August 2017

I'm back with a new post! Yayy!! In this post, I wanted to explore all the things that I'm doing now that I never in a million years thought I'd do. I'm a grown girl now and I'm doing things that my child self would feel sick with nerves at the thought of doing it.

Since I'm officially an 'adult' now, turned 18 in June, I've started to reflect on the type of person I am and who I've become. With doing that I noticed I do a lot of things I never said I'd do or even imagine doing. Some things stay the same and some things change. Here are 12 things that I never thought I'd do:

#1 Grow Up! We all do it but when I was little my biggest fear was to grow old. I didn't want to be 18 or 25, that meant responsibilities that I didn't want. I wanted to be a child forever, be looked after by my parents but now I welcome growing older. It comes with a little more adventure at the cost of a few extra responsibilities.

#2 Own a Purse. I'm sure all my friends' eyes have bugged out of their heads considering how I love to buy purses. This was another one of my childhood fears. I swear I wasn't a weird kid who was afraid of everything. I remember as a child -with my fear of growing up- that the concept of owning a purse filled with money made me sweat in fear. I was afraid of owning a purse filled with debit cards and cash. Debit cards specifically. I associated owning a purse/ wallet with adulthood, independence, and having to make your own money. You'll be glad to know my feelings towards purses have changed dramatically. The idea of having a purse filled with cards and cash makes me extremely happy. Who's up for shopping?

#3 Enjoy Shopping. I used to dread shopping. It was so boring being lead around BHS *Shiver* and Marks & Spencer's. I would yawn all over the shop waiting impatiently until my Mum said we could go home. Since then, I've come to the realization that shopping can be fun if you go to shops you enjoy. You just have to stay away from the shops your Mum took you too. P.S- I am so happy BHS closed down!

#4 Take an interest in Fashion. My interest has skyrocketed over the last few years and I think it's because it became fun, it was no longer something to cover your back. I started to take an interest in my appearance and take influence from the people around me and the media. I am much better put together now than I was ten years ago. Can you believe that my favorite outfit was once a matching velour tracksuit and hoodie from Primark? *Cringe* I guess we've got to start somewhere.

#5 Hang around Shopping Malls. I think I was around 10 when I asked myself what could possibly be entertaining for girls to hang around Shopping Malls. Well, sadly I have become one of those girls I used to wonder about. I could spend like six hours walking in, out and around shops for no reason.

#6 Own more than 5 pairs of Shoes. Growing up I was only allowed four pairs of shoes; one for school, a pair of trainers, sandals and a pair for special occasions. I used to dream of the day I would own more than four pairs of shoes and start building a shoe collection. Now, I've lost count of how many I have.

#7 Buy a Magazine Monthly; The ultimate sign of being a sophisticated lady. I've purchased GLAMOUR every month for the last 3 years and I absolutely love it. From the content to the writers, the quality of it is amazing.

#8 Wear Makeup. This is pretty self- explanatory. When I grew up the latest lip kit everyone spoke about was the glossy one from Sainsbury's they picked up with their Mum at the weekend. Now we're talking Kylie Lip Kits, Barry M, Mac etc.

#9 Know What I Want to Be When I Grow Up. My parents will never let me forget the day I told them I wanted to be a cleaner. It will go down in history as one of the strangest things I've ever said. But don't worry, I know that when I grow up I want to be a journalist... And I'm halfway there. Well technically, I'm already there. Yayy!!

#10 Go To University. Yes, your girl made it! She is about to become a journalism student (whoop!!), I can officially put that in my Twitter Bio! Growing up, I never wanted to go to university, I didn't like the idea of debts or taking out loans. I saw it as pointless. Neither of my parents went to uni so I didn't have a role model who went which meant I never saw it as something I had to do. It was only in year 11 when I started to entertain the idea that I considered going to help achieve my dream.

#11 Move Away From Home. My home is my safe place, it's filled with a million memories, and I can't believe I'm moving out. It will be sad but it's the next stage of life and for that, I'm excited.

#12 Make a Difference. Growing up, I used think that we were all following the same 'path' consisting of education, working, getting married, having kids, working, retiring etc. It was a boring path that we followed throughout our lives. That's probably why I was afraid of growing up. But life is so much more than following a 'path', we have a voice, we can make a difference in the world and to have the opportunity to do that, I am extremely grateful.

There are lots of things I do now that I never thought I'd do. I can't think of them of all of them but this was quite a list. It's fun to think how we've grown as people. How my mind has widened. I've learnt so much and I'm continuing to learn and do things that surprise me. I feel extremely grateful and privileged to be doing some of the things I'm doing.

What things do you do now you never thought you'd do?

Love, Aoife x

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