What I Thought I Knew 10 Years Ago

Things I Thought I Knew 10 Years Ago

It was my birthday last weekend *sighs*.

Over the past few years I’ve really started to dread adding another year onto my age. At one point during the weekend I was hit with the realisation that 10 years ago I was a fully functioning human being. Obviously I’ve been fully functioning my whole life, but at 16 (do the math of how old I am yourself, I refuse to write it down on paper) you aren’t a kid anymore – you can actually do shit.

According to Google, at 16 in the UK you’re legally entitled to:

  • Get married with consent
  • Drive a moped or an invalid carriage (don’t know what the fuck that is but it sounds interesting)
  • Have sex with someone else who’s 16 or over
  • Drink alcohol at a meal whilst accompanied by an adult
  • Get a national insurance number
  • Join a trade union – obviously everyone jumps at that opportunity.

(Plot Twist: I just googled what an invalid carriage is and I can confirm that i’ve NEVER in my life seen a 16 year old drive one of those. I include photographic evidence below). Continue reading