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Finding one last teenage hurrah

Being young was such a thrill. I remember waiting the whole year for Christmas to come, and then on Christmas Eve, I'd get about three hours of sleep. I'd wake up and go running downstairs to my stocking, and I'd sit in the living room until the sun came up and it was time to open presents. Those days were good.

Last Wednesday was my 17th birthday, and it just struck me in a weird way -- I have less than a year now until I'm an adult, and it kind of freaks me out.

The idea of being able to live on my own, and having to pay taxes and such -- well let's just say I don't think I'm ready for all that. But anyway, I decided why not find something crazy to accomplish in my last year of childhood?

So what should it be? And I'm not really sure. I'd love to go on a roadtrip across country, but considering I'm still a kid, that's probably not going to happen.

Maybe a camping trip or something? I don't know though. I have really bad luck and I'd probably get lost out there or something.

So what should I actually do? I guess I better take some time to think through it. Sky diving? No, too high. Joining the Army? I don't think I have the physical endurance to do it. Getting my pilot's license? Forget it: I don't even have one to drive a car.

Well it might take a while to figure out what it is I'm going to do, but it's definitely going to be something big. The idea of an adventure at 17 totally sounds awesome to me. I guess I've seen either too many movies or lived too boring a life.

The whole idea came to me from a joke someone told me a week ago. They said "ohh 17? You only got one year left to do what you want." And I guess in a strange point of view, they're kind of right. It really affected me on a personal level.

I guess I just can't believe that I have one year of childhood left and then it's gone and never coming back. I'm a lingerer, I don't like change. In fact, it really tends to freak me out.

So maybe a crazy scheme that could kill me isn't the best solution to turn to, but I do think I need something I can talk about for years to come, something I won't forget about being a teenager.

Jonah Bowe is a junior at Detroit Lakes High School.