welcome to 16til26*
my name is izzy, and i am the creator of 16til26*.
when I was 16 years old, i started a blog.
it started out as a personal blog; i shared whatever thoughts came into my head, offered advice and insight whenever I could and reflected upon shortcomings and mused on about lovely things in my life. i always emphasised the fact that i was still a teenager and, though i was spewing all kinds of things on the internet with some sort of naïve confidence, all i could really do is offer perspective.
so, i did that, for about a year.
then, as i gained more readers, and heard the stories of others. i realized how foggy and uncertain this time period is. how much change happens, from dire adolescence bulldozing your way into steep adulthood.
so i decided to make 16til26*. just a 16 year old trying to figure out why the hell no one has ever talked about this (whatever this is). why it’s so difficult to picture it? what happens when and in what order? when do you get a job? when do you figure out your major? do you lose your virginity before or after you go to you fail your first major exam?
year by year, i realized why. it’s because it’s really f*cking difficult. it’s so hard. everyone is changing. you’re changing. you have 100 convictions in 100 different directions and they change every day. your friends are changing, your desires are changing. even i stopped wanting to share things on here because the problems were just getting too big and too difficult to share on here. (not to scare you.)
but it’s also so much fun. it moves so quickly.
no one can accurately share everything and give you all the answers about everything, like some sort of guru, and make it out in one piece.
i don’t have any of the answers. i thought i needed to have them, for a long time. i thought i needed to give them to you. i thought i needed them for myself. i cannot feign expertise in anyway, nor can i give you any proper guidance.
but i can write. and that i am sure of. i took a hiatus for most of 20, until now (as i write this lol), but i’m changing my own rules now.
i will write at least 600 words a week, sometimes more often, without fail. it could be a to-do list. it could be a poem. it could be a rambling journal entry. it could be all of the above. it doesn’t matter.
i just want you to know what’s on my mind. what i’m watching, what i’m eating, what i’m nervous about, what i’m willing and not willing to share.
because no one needs the answers. i don’t even need the answers. but i can give you insight as to what it is someone my age is doing.
i have more in store, as i go into the second half on this site. please look forward to it. 😉
i love you. take care.