Most of us have fond memories of our high school days.
I can now tell you that, my friends, is because we have managed to repress all the EMBARRASSING experiences that littered our drama-filled teenage lives.
Trust me. I recently looked back through my old teen diaries – which were all from my then-favourite magazine Dolly by the way – and discovered that I had managed to forget a lot about my time at high school.
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I really didn’t need to go looking through my 2005-09 diaries to be reminded how dramatic, obsessive and positively lame I was as a teen. But I did.
Pouring over the pages I uncovered some nuggets of truth I had managed to forget about myself. Like the fact that for a brief period I chose to drop the ‘a’ in ‘and’ in all my writing (to save precious seconds I presume). Or that I had once thought that analysing every interaction with a boy was a good way to figure out if he liked me.
So here, purely for your entertainment, are the most embarrassing excerpts from my high school journals, spelling mistakes and all, with commentary and context from my now 25-year-old self (who is cringing so hard right now).
WARNING: People who have experienced similarly cringe-inducing teenage mishaps may find this post triggering.
That time I thought my boyfriend's patronising was sweet.
8 January 2009. My boyfriend had come to my house after school and we were hanging out. There's really no lead in, and I don't know why but, according to my diary I'd said something like 'yeah and then I'd suffocate' - in a joking way.