5 Things I’m Glad I Did As A Teenager

The more I blog the more you’re probably wondering what anything I say has to do with travel. And quite honestly everything I do is for travel. Travel is my life. It affects the clothes I buy, the makeup I wear, where I save and where I splurge, how I decorate my house and how it has influenced me on a personal level. It’s even affected who my partner is (I love youuuu).


And the more I think about “I wish I didn’t do that as a teenager” the more I realize that that is dumb. Everything I’ve done when I was a teenager has affected me and helped me build a life where I can say I have travelled to twenty countries (most of them 2, 3, or even 4 times) and am well on my way to a life that I built the way I always dreamed. Not a lot of people can say that.


So I can boo-hoo all I want and wish things were differently but we all know we can’t change the past. So what’s the point of wishing things were differently? Instead of seeing the past as some nostalgic place where you wish you could have done things differently – See it as a place you can learn from and appreciate how far you have come today.


1. I Stayed Away From The Crowd


I always thought that this was because no one wanted to hang out with me but the more I reminisce the more I realized that I kept my walls up and I stayed away all on my own. I was never one of those girly girls who went crazy over boys or brand names and truly preferred my own company. I was picky who I dated and that resulted in a very awkward time when everyone had boyfriends and I was just watching anime and reading. I also never dumbed myself down (although I’m sure I had my moments) which made it hard to talk to other girls and guys who all they wanted to do was party and act like children (which now I realize they were). So I’m glad I stayed away from the crowd. I was never meant to be in it.


2. I Read A Lot


I am a big book worm and was always lost in fantasy stories. Now here I am today writing and loving it. I write and read everyday and I never stop learning or trying to better myself. I learned about new countries and created fantasies in my head of being a small girl lost in a big world. Who knew my fantasies would actually come to life? I never imagined I would be so blessed to be able to wake up in Positano with the love of my life after being alone for so many years.



3. I Held Onto My Childhood


People always told me you’re going to miss being a child and I kept that in mind for such a long time. I played in the trees, I didn’t involve myself with drama (I mean really how can a grade sixer have drama?) and I went camping every weekend instead of underage drinking. Call me crazy but I had an awesome childhood and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I was always muddy, quading and always collecting rocks by the water. I even caught mice for fun! (yes I’m aware I am weird and you think that’s gross.. I think they are so cute!)


4. I Got Braces


I HATED braces. They were actually the worst thing ever and for years I was so embarrassed to smile. I remember colour coordinating them with holidays so for Halloween I got orange and black braces and yes.. for St. Patty’s Day I got green.. What a nightmare to look through old photos! My teeth were so crooked though I could fit my tongue through my front two teeth.. But now I have straight teeth and will never have to have braces again! Horrah! Also the cost for braces as an adult would have been ridiculous so I’m so glad my parents made the cut-throat decision for me and made me suffer.


5. I Stayed True To Myself


I never changed who I was for other people. I never tired to be someone I wasn’t and as much as it sucked at the time, I thought I should have a ton of friends and wanted to be liked, it was the right choice. To often we act a certain way to impress certain people because we want to be noticed but it’s okay to not be the “it” girl. I can’t even remember who the it girl was. I’ve become so focused on who I am today that none of my teenage years really matter besides from the fact that I wrote a lot and drew a lot. Two of my favourite passions that I have taken with me all the way to my twenties.



What are some things you’re happy you’ve done? Would you change anything? Share in the comments! Also what do you think of the photos?! I love them I think Aaron did very good :]

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  • Reply
    sophie nadeau
    July 22, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I had braces too! They were soooo worth it though 🙂

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      haha yay! team braces 😀

  • Reply
    July 11, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Sounds like we were pretty similar teenagers 😛 not having many friends made me really appreciate finding my tribe a lot more as an adult! And suddenly it.s actually cool to have read a lot of books!

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Haha seriously! I’d rather have a close knit group of friends than a ton of “half” friends. It’s so nice everyone is so into reading now! Have you read any good book lately?

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    Priscilla Canty
    July 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

    This sounds so much like me as a teenager! It’s perfectly fine to read and wander instead of hitting the latest party every weekend. It’s very nice to know that you’re not alone.

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you for saying that! It always felt like a bad thing to just want to wander around but everything’s worked out! Thanks for commenting Priscilla!

  • Reply
    July 5, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Fab post! And what seriously lovely portrait shots! 🙂

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      Aw thank you!! 🙂

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    Brechtje Polman
    July 5, 2016 at 1:18 am

    This is just what I needed to read. I can competely relate to your story as I’m still in high school, and your job is exactly what I hope to be doing later. I always thought I was the only one who preferred reading books instead of going to stupid parties where everyone is drinking and kissing stupid, childless boys. Now I finally know that I shouldn’t be ashamed, as there are more people like me! Thank you so much, you gave me the necessary wake-up call I needed! Brb, about to grab a book and write new blogposts for my blog, haha 🙂
    Love, Brechtje

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Aw you’re definitely not alone! It’s totally fine to want to do your own thing because now you’ll have that much more experience and can figure out what you want and get ahead. And you’re gonna crush it in the blogging game! I always wished I was confident enough to have started in high school so kudos for taking the plunge! Hope you had a good weekend lovely <3


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