So as of April 8, I am a 16 year old.
For the longest time, I thought 16 was a landmark age. I mean, there has to be some reason it’s called sweet 16, right?
Unfortunately, now that I’m 16 the landmark seems to have shrunk.
I did a Google search on ‘things you can do when you’re 16’. Sites from UK sees to dominate the search results; 16 seems to actually mean a lot for the Brits (and the Scots and the Irish). Not so much for the rest of the world.
As a 16 YO, here’s what I can do:
- Legally drink in Germany and Mexico! (First of all, I highly doubt I’m going to Germany and Mexico anytime soon. Second of all, I don’t plan to drink.)
- You can drive. (I need to learn how to; besides this isn’t even true in India)
- You can have sex with an 18 year old! (Hmm…tempting. No.)
- You can get body piercings. (I think you just need parental permission for most body piercings here; you can do it any age.)
- You can be out later then 10:30 in the city of St.Albert. (Umm…curfew for being out? Imposed by the government? Non-existent here.)
- You can now get a job at Starbucks, Zellers and Walmart! (Nope you need to pass 12th grade for Starbucks. Zellers and Walmart don’t exist here- yet.)
- You can get a a credit card. (Which I won’t be able to use anyways)
- You can get married without parental consent (Only in certain places. And I believe marriage can wait. It can wait for a long time!)
- You can now work full-time. (Nope. I still need to go to school)
- You can move out of your house. (I think I’ll stay at home for a while)
- You can work at a daycare. (I highly doubt any parent wants to put their little darlings under my care.)
- You can get a US passport that’s valid for 10 years (I’m actually planning on doing this.)
- You can buy a lottery ticket. (No offense, but it’s a fools game)
So being 16 means pretty much the same thing being 15 meant to me. Oh well! I guess there’s always 18.