9 perks of being young

So often we hear older people reminiscing fondly over their days as a young’un, and us young people expressing our desire to grow up. Apparently, the grass is always greener on the other side. So before you go wishing for time to speed up, think about these reasons why being young is so great.


1. There are so many things to look forward to.

We still have so many firsts we are yet to experience: our first home, first salary, first big professional achievement and the list goes on. We are just at the start of our timeline and it’s exciting to think of all the great things that are waiting for us down the track.

2. We are still enjoying the gift of our boundless energy supply.

Many young people have a knack for being active which can really come in handy when we want to get stuff done. This little guy's got the right idea:

3. It’s expected that we make mistakes.


Being young, we stuff up. A lot. All the time. But it’s ok, we’re allowed to, because this is how we learn. Like that time I was trying to change a tyre and broke the entire car - I won’t ever make THAT mistake again. Mario learned the lesson from his mistake the hard way...

comic strip with mario talking to doctor about brain damage from headbutting bricks

4. We can learn from those around us.


Being young, our brains are like enormous sponges; they will soak up information whether we want them to or not. Think of all the excellent things you still have to learn. 

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5. Making friends that will be with you for a real long time.


There’s nothing like a good group of buddies to help you get through the tough times. These are the days where we’ll be meeting some of our longest friends. Not physically long. That would be weird.

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6. That feeling that you can do whatever you want

While we work out what the heck we want to do with our lives, everything is still on the table. Sometimes though, we don’t yet know what we’re passionate about and we just have to fake it ‘til we make it:

Dog dressed as a scientist saying

7. We have less responsibility.


Although there are a heap of young people with lots of responsibilities, generally speaking our youth is a time that is unburdened by boring tasks like paying bills and mortgages. Even though when you grow older you become more independent and free in a sense, being unrestrained by responsibilities is a type of freedom in itself. Make the most of it!

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8. Blessed with the tech-savvy gene.

Everyday i’m thankful that I was born smack bang in the technological age. Using the latest inventions comes naturally to us youngsters. Make sure you don’t forget to pay attention to the real world as well, though, because that’s the stuff that really counts

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9. Finding your niche. 

It’s pretty normal to feel some degree of stress and panic when you’re trying to figure out who you are and what you’re all about. But slowly, over time you will start to see where you fit in. Just like this guy... he looks comfy:

cat sleeping in a funny position on a heater

Last reviewed: 11 September, 2015
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