Turning 18 is a big deal. Apparently.
It’s the milestone everyone makes a massive fuss about and it’s the age we can legally drink, buy alcohol, vote and acquire the freedom we’ve so long dreamed of.
But the thing is, when you’re 18 you’re an adult, whether you like it or not. You’re up to your neck in responsibility and the most frightening part is that you’ll have to start making your own appointments when you need to go to the doctor or dentist (the bloody worst).
If you’re blessed enough to be underage, there are things you should do now more than ever–things you’ll regret not doing if you don’t take advantage of your teenage years.
1. Get your licence
Look, I don’t want to chew your ear off by telling you to get your Ls or Ps–I’m sure your parents and mates do plenty of it. But make a point of getting your licence before you turn 18.
Don’t keep passing it off until you’re older because before you realise it, you’ll be that mate that’s 25 and still on their Ls. Sure, it’s funny now, but it’s only so long until your mates are sick of giving you lifts and you’re tired of catching the train everywhere.
2. Go to house parties
It’s time to stop blowing off house parties because you’ve got homework to catch up on or would rather binge watch that new Netflix series (it’ll still be there when you get home). All those things can wait because house parties don’t last forever. Eventually, people stop organising them and you’ll miss the days where you spent a Friday night in a free house with your mates, good music and green plastic garden chairs spread sporadically in the backyard.
3. Go to a music festival with your mates
Music festivals are for all to enjoy–not just those who are 18 years or older. Getting to see your favourite artists in the flesh, screaming at the top of your lungs and having a boogie with your mates is truly an experience, one that you need to enjoy all throughout your teenage years.
If you’re in high school, Perth’s only underage festival, Sound On (held on September 21), is bloody perfect for this. It’s brought to you by Murdoch University who have sorted an ace line up including Peking Duk, Ruel, G-Flip, Stevan and Flexmami. Not only will you be blessed with the best in the Aussie music scene, you’ll also be spoilt with a panel chat with artists, a ball pit, a pet therapy area, a glitter bar and heaps of food options.
On top of all that, our mates at Murdoch are runnin’ a cheeky early bird comp for you guys. If you buy a ticket before August 1, 2019, you’ll automatically go into the draw to win a VIP package to the festival which includes front of stage access so you can get up close and personal with your fave artists and free food and drink as well as merch, so you’re all sorted for the day. Plus, they’ll be running other comps over on their insta @soundonfest, so keep an eye out for that.
What are you waiting for? Start planning your next fezzy with your friends.