5. Learn to drive
It was terrifying. More now that I’ve been doing it a while and I know how close I came to ending up in hospital. And how often. I remember driving my brother and his mates around town one day when the street in front of me suddenly ended in a wooden barrier. I slammed on the brakes and skidded 180 degrees and then took off back up the street. They all cheered and thought I was really cool but I knew I hadn’t planned anything except not dying, and that was only a last minute thing really.
I went to a boarding school without shower curtains so I’ve seen a cockatoo (thank you Austen Tayshus) and if there’s one thing I can tell you about puberty, it’s that it’s kinder to some blokes than others and it’s hairy. Very, very hairy. But it also messes with your head. For years, I thought I had all the answers. This despite several exams conclusively proving otherwise.