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Under 18

Posted in Personal by homeyra on February 21, 2008

I have been tagged by Sophia to list Six Things One Should Do Before 18. Here are the rules of the game:

1. Post these rules before presenting your list.
2. List 6 actions or achievements you think every person should accomplish before turning 18.
3. There are no conditions on what can be included on the list.
4. At the end of your blog, choose 6, or less, people to get tagged and list their names.
5. People who are tagged write their own blog entry with their 6 suggestions.
6. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged.

By no mean exhaustive, here are my thoughts:

1. Have problems!: The first thing which comes to my mind is this quote – I can’t remember the source – Vaut mieux mourir jeune car on a le temps de renaître, it is better to die in your youth, you will have time to be born again.

The difficulties one faces during one’s youth (together with some sound advice if you are lucky) will prevent many mistakes later, and limitations are a great source of creativity. Although I had a rather protected childhood, today I am grateful for some of my miseries.

2. Open your mind, get lucky and have a good reading list: What we read in our youth makes lasting impressions on us for the rest of our life. These days one cannot value enough those who are able to think for themselves, instead of feeding on the superficial news. In my own experience, the lecture of “Gods are Athirst” by Anatole France widened my perception of the turmoil of the Iranian revolution.

3. Experience nature: Create a bond with the environment. Camping, traveling, climbing a mountain etc. Value the simplest things.

4. Get over “clans”: Mingle with people of all ages and different social backgrounds – (this is almost natural in older societies). Relate to people on affinities and despite differences, instead of clinging to similarities. Don’t be afraid of not doing what everybody else does. You have plenty of time ahead.

5. Travel if you can, see the world.

6. Get discipline and learn how to learn … practice a favorite hobby seriously: music, photography, sports, cooking, whatever.

And what a better end than a Courteline quote: Il vaut mieux gâcher sa jeunesse que de n’en rien faire du tout. It is better to spoil your youth than do nothing with it. 🙂

You can find better advices here:
Six things one should do before 18 by Sophia
Six Things Everyone Should Accomplish Before They Turn 18 and more from Elizabeth
Under 18 by Vivre en Syrie

Ann, 99, proggiemuslima, Monte, Pedestrian, Bijan and Neghnegoo: You are tagged, if you feel like doing this exercise please join.

To my other friends: If you are not tagged by the tagged ones, I hope you’ll join the exercise if you feel like 🙂

And thanks for the exercise

Before you turn eighteen by 99, but you’ll never reach 18 with her 🙂
See comments below for Ann and BB2‘s excellent suggestions
Six Under 18 memes by Bijan
6 Things to Do Before you turn 18, by proggiemuslima
Neghneghoo: زير هيجده سال
aMmAr: Things to do befor you turn 18

And an interesting article: The Secret to Raising Smart Kids, link via Loopy


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  1. 99 said, on February 21, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I sorta did it! 😛 xoxoxox

  2. Sophia said, on February 21, 2008 at 1:44 pm


    I love your quotes. They could be mine…Thanks for the exercice.

  3. homeyra said, on February 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks 99 🙂 5000 books! Here are 99’s advices.
    Thanks Sophia in the first place. This is an interesting exercise and I enjoyed reading what is written so far. It also helps to discover new bloggers (as if there was not enough to read:) ) – I have already linked to Virvre en Syrie.
    I wasn’t able to comment on blogger (luckily 99 has HaloScan) – I should definitively get someone to check my computer!
    … thinking further, if I had to give one advice instead of 6 it would be: dance!

  4. Robo said, on February 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Lady H,
    sorry about the invitation, i have no idea about the subject. o dear.
    I forgot playing as well as Thinking. invite another Cinderella man Plz.

  5. homeyra said, on February 21, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Ok agha Robo:) No problem at all. Take care.

  6. Sophia said, on February 21, 2008 at 7:28 pm


    You should check Annie’s French blog.

  7. Renegade Eye said, on February 22, 2008 at 12:38 am

    I’m so private, that I hide when tagged.


  8. homeyra said, on February 22, 2008 at 7:12 am

    Thanks for the link Sophia – more to read 🙂
    Ok Renegade Eye, I’ll know in the future 🙂 Are we from … generation Jones?
    Speaking of privacy, yesterday I came through this very interesting article: Say Everything, Kids, the internet and the end of privacy: The greatest generation gap since Rock and Roll

    “Younger people, one could point out, are the only ones for whom it seems to have sunk in that the idea of a truly private life is already an illusion. Every street in New York has a surveillance camera. Each time you swipe your debit card at Duane Reade or use your MetroCard, that transaction is tracked. Your employer owns your e-mails. The NSA owns your phone calls. Your life is being lived in public whether you choose to acknowledge it or not.
    So it may be time to consider the possibility that young people who behave as if privacy doesn’t exist are actually the sane people, not the insane ones.” 🙂

  9. Ann El Khoury said, on February 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Excellent, excellent suggestions. Since the party’s really a-happening here on this one, I’m going to break the rules and post them right here. They are definitely influenced and informed by all yours.

    1. Learn a second language

    2. Learn a musical instrument, or otherwise develop an appreciation for music

    3. Cultivate an appreciate for other cultures, be it through travel if possible, friends, food, cinema etc.

    4. Develop an appreciation for wide reading

    5. Make lots of mistakes and take some risks

    6. Related to Lady H’s #3 (I like this moniker, very elegant!), cultivate an appreciation for nature. Computers, televisions and various gadgets are cutting us off from our life source, and things like children going out to farms and seeing the ways things are outside cities is a wonderful initative, for example.

  10. homeyra said, on February 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    I know that you are very busy with this important discussion on your blog Lady A 🙂 and I really appreciate that you take time to be game and to share your thoughts with us. Clear suggestions and glad you mentioned #1. Thanks for the exercise.

  11. ارشام پارسی said, on February 25, 2008 at 4:44 am

    درود بر هم مینهان تاجیکستانی . یک ایرانی

  12. homeyra said, on February 25, 2008 at 9:50 am

    سلام وممنون از معرفي سايت پربارتان

  13. thrpoetryman said, on February 25, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Loved your list! Strive for these things and when and if you achieve them the rest will follow.

  14. Pedestrian said, on February 26, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Hello Homeyra,

    Thank you so much for tagging me! I am just returning to my blog slowly so I will hopefully have my list up in a few days … In the mean time, it’s a great question to dwell on throughout my day …………… Thanks again.

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  16. proggiemuslima said, on February 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Hi, it takes me a while, but I finally posted my “6 Rules” 🙂

    Thanks for tagging me!

  17. homeyra said, on February 26, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks TPM 🙂
    Pedestrian: hello and great:) looking forward.
    Proggiemuslima, thanks for the exercise going right there 🙂

  18. Bluebear2 said, on February 28, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    1. Chain smoke a box of cigars until you’re so ill you never want another for the rest of your life.

    2. Race a sailboat.

    3. Climb a cliff – the walls of the Grand Canyon serve well.

    4. Learn to play an instrument.

    5. Perform in a play.

    6. Read Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Braughtigan, Tolkien and Albert Camus.

  19. homeyra said, on February 29, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Finally BB2:)
    Sorry to say that I missed the number 1 and 2 and 3 …

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