Being 18

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A very good afternoon.
The Topic for my speech is: Life from the eyes of an 18 year old. I would like to begin with one of my favorite quotes that goes thus: “The most difficult phase of your life is not when no one understands you, it is when you don’t understand yourself.” With this I would like to take you down your memory lane and give you a glimpse of my life, as to how it feels to be 18! 18 signals the end of the childhood days and the start of the adventures of adulthood. To some, it is exciting and promising while to others it is about facing more responsibilities. Its surprising how people expect teenagers all over the world to magically become mature on their 18th birthday!! While others are thinking of how I should live my life, I am experiencing some very different things. For the first time in my life, Ive been scared about growing old and the responsibilities that come along!! Its ironic because just a year ago, I couldn’t wait to turn 18. A research shows that human beings have about 60 to 80 thousand thoughts a day. However being 18 I can totally guarantee that they’re not less than a million for me! Thoughts from planning what to do in a day, what book to read, what career to aim for, planning today and the next after and the day after and after all the planning trying to remember what I needed to do today! Thinking about globalization and saving animals, about something that my teacher, about wanting to contribute to the family financially, and about a boy who didn’t call me today, about wanting to give meaning to my life and about allowing myself things that were forbidden earlier… My thoughts are so contradictory. They confuse me sometimes because when I feel like I’m king of the world, the very next moment I feel that everything could be taken away. There seems to be a vicious cycle of frustration, moments of joy, happiness and enthusiasm, feeling naughty and silly, fortunate and rebellious, alone and insecure, and at times hurt and...
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