I had a moment of thought earlier today over a cuppa tea, I realised I am 21 next year, that’s only a year and a half away. That’s pretty much a proper adult who’s meant to be really responsible and have a realistic plan of where their life is going, scary!  Maybe that will still happen, I’m holding onto the hope, keep your fingers crossed for me please, pretty please. I thought this would be a good time to share things I miss from the younger teenage years:


The time when you don’t have school is pretty much to yourself, I mean you don’t have to worry about work because you’re still kinda too young for that. You’re able to put your feet up and watch as many episodes of Gossip Girl as possible before you fall asleep.



Whilst you’re at school, not that I was a big fan of it, there is a set schedule in your life. You get up at 7:30 am to get ready for school to be there for 8:45, finish at 3:15ish, do your homework and then relax. It’s all planned out for you, you even have set half term dates where you are free to do what you like, it’s an easy, mostly stress-free life.



I did have one of those ‘emo’ phases where I was against pop culture and I listened to as much sleeping with sirens as possible. I also tried to dress and suit my look to the more ‘rocky emo’ culture too, hence my big black eyeliner and mostly black attire. Don’t get me wrong I still love my black eyeliner now, it’s one of my essentials, but back then it really was big enough to cover my whole eyelid!



The money that I kindly received for birthdays and Christmas’s was spent on tickets to see my fav bands, that’s pretty much it. I didn’t have to worry about money to learn to drive, travel expenses, birthday presents for family/friends and all those kind of adult-like responsibilities.



Don’t get me wrong my Benefit ‘Ka Brow’ is probably one of the best make-up items I own but it stresses me out when they don’t look 10/10, not that they ever do. These days filling in your brows is the most important part to many girls make up routines, it would be weird if this wasn’t a thing now, don’t you think? I kinda liked back when natural eyebrows were a thing, no one really filled them in, and you just let them be.



Oh boy, do I still wish that this was the case, that amount will now go in the blink of an eyelid.



If I remember correctly at sixteen I was only just taking my GCSE’S, I could literally go down any career path that I wanted. I could do anything I like, be whoever I want to be, I still can but it was like that was the time to start painting your blank canvas. I’ve chosen a career path now, I really enjoy it but it’s scary to think that’s what I’ve committed my life too, at the moment anyway.



At a younger age all you really get asked is, how’s school going? Have you started exams? That’s about it, nothing too pressuring. Now it’s, do you have a boyfriend? Can you drive yet? Are you at least learning to drive? How’s the job going? Is that earning you a lot? Are you moving out soon? The questions get more to a point of making your head want to explode, you just feel like saying please understand I am trying my best, I’m being me and this is who I wanna be.



Let me know if you can relate to any of these? Are there any other things that you miss from being a younger teenager, let me know in the comments!

Bryony xx






42 comments so far.


  1. Rach says:

    I think everyone had that ’emo’ phase, sleeping with sirens used to be my favourite band too!😂 great post xx

  2. I’m a bit older than you, but this is very relatable! I went through the ’emo’ phase as well haha. I still like a dress a little bit ‘grundgy’ sometimes as a nod to my past. I remember nagging my Dad all the time to take me to gigs 😅

  3. Destiny says:

    lol i loved not having to worry about my eyebrows too. Now its like I have to have them done.

  4. This is such a relatable post and I’m sure so many girls will agree with you! I went through a sort of emo phase where all I did was wear black and although I love black now still, it’s great to actually wear other colours! xx


  5. T says:

    I definitely miss thinking £100 is a lot of money :((((… however, I pretty much relate to all of these!x

  6. TheCrimsonCardigan says:

    It’s been a long while since I’ve been a teen, but I do miss parts of it. Adulting really isn’t all it seemed to be, haha!

  7. I definitely miss the ability to relax during free time too! Now when I have the rare free moment, I feel guilty that I’m not doing something more productive with my time.

  8. I can relate to this post so much! I just turned 20 a month ago and I’m already stressing out about adult things… it’s not for me! Great post 🙂

  9. THis post is so relatable! Adulting is so so hard! Sometimes I wish i was still a student and some other time I just want to be a teenager and not to worry about anything ahaha! xx C&K

  10. elljane says:

    I can relate to so many of these! I miss being able to relax when I got home from school! Lovely post xxxx

  11. This post is SUPER relatable, Bryony! I also miss being able to do whatever I wanted in my free time as a kid, I could play Sims for hours and hours hahah! The structured school days were also very useful, you could never go wrong! And ugh, the family gathering questions!! I love my family but I do wish they’d shut up haha! Such a fab post!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  12. Everyone definitely had that emo phase 😂😅

  13. Olivia says:

    I’m still a teen at the moment but I can definitely see how the money factor would be so different when I’m older like you said! Fabulous post!
    -Olivia Xxxx


  14. Claire says:

    I’m 18 and I relate already! I miss having £70 to spend on a shopping trip and making it go SO far. Now I see £70 and think “that’s my phone bill and a trip to Morrisons”. Ohh how life changes so quick in a couple of years x

  15. possiblysami says:

    I definitely miss being able to relax in my free time because I feel that I’m always doing something! so relatable girl!

    sami | possiblysami.com

  16. Kirsty M says:

    I think the older I get, the more I miss being a teen lol. I went through that emo stage too haha x


  17. I would tell myself to make the most of free time too, even now I don’t self-care enough.
    Very relatable post, loved it xxx

    The Frugal Teen | http://thefrugalteen.wixsite.com/thefrugalteen

  18. I can definitely relate to all of these things! Life was just so much simpler when all you worried about was your hair looking cute.

    That being said I can eat chocolate for breakfast now 😂

    Great read, thanks for sharing! Xo

  19. I can definitely relate to a lot of these, and I’ve been out of school a lot longer than you have! X

  20. Alisha Ceit says:

    Oh I do miss the days when £100 was a lot of money!

  21. louisebodlex says:

    I love this! I miss being a teenager so much, it’s crazy how much we all wanted to grow up quickly.

  22. Chloe says:

    Loved reading this, girlie! Also is it bad that I still like SWS?!

    – Chloe

  23. micheylou96 says:

    I turned 21 last month and I miss these things so much! Times change so quickly! Miss my flip phone and bluetoothing akon and cascada songs to my friends the most 😂😘 great post xx

  24. hahaha I totally get what you mean about £100 sounding like a lot of money. Those were the DAYS. And finishing school at 3. I have no idea why I was always so tired at school…

  25. Zoe Jackson says:

    Yes yes yes! I can totally relate to this especially the big black eyeliner, 4 years of school I went through that grunge/emo phase and I miss that sometimes and also the spending the weekends/holidays chilling and doing nothing haha 🙂

  26. Rosiemau says:

    I really loved this, especially the winged eyeliner part. I look back at photos sometimes and wonder what the hell I was doing! This post made me feel kinda nostalgic. I do miss being young with not a care in the world, but then again, being an adult means you can be in control of your own adventures 🙂

    Rosie Mauu


  27. Oksana says:

    It was so interesting to read being a teenager, haha
    Actually the main problem for me now is to understand whom I want to be in the future because I have no idea which career path I want to choose.


  28. Emily-May says:

    Yeah I definitely had a little emo phase 😂

  29. Oksana says:

    It was so interesting to read being a teenager, haha
    Actually the main problem for me now is to understand whom I want to be in the future because I have no idea which career path I want to choose.


  30. Don’t worry big black eyeliner is still okay after hitting 21! Been keeping it going for years 😂

  31. Chloe Lauren says:

    ‘Eyebrows not being a thing’ omg yes! I remember literally not even brushing the foundation out of them and it being A-ok, the good old days eye 😔 I’m 21 this year and I’m dreading it, you really do take your teen years for granted!


  32. I turned 23 not too long ago. What I miss about being a teen was being able to party every weekend and still be energized for the week. Now I go out 1 weekend, and I’m always so tired

  33. Defiantly can agree on number 1,6 & 8!. Still remember when you could go out with a couple of pound and come home with change!x

  34. Sarah says:

    I am too 21 next year and can relate to SO many of these!! Especially the last one, where family members expect you to have your whole life planned out – I am still 11 at heart!! I remember when I couldn’t wait to grow up and now I want my life to slow down!!xx

    Sarah | sazsinclair.blogspot.co.uk

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