Plan your life and the next important steps and goals to proceed with a happy life.
At this age I was still developing normally, however my height began to slow compared to other girls, I was still not significantly shorter, but was shorter than most. I began to get interested in sports, thus continuing to develop new and better motor skills. This is also the time I began my menstrual cycle, earlier than some girls.
My cognitive abilities became very pronounced during this stage. I was performing well above average in class, and even in first grade I acted as a sort of TA for my teacher by having kids read books to me and I would grade their performance. After 3rd grade I chose to be tested for the Honors 4-5-6 grade class, and passed. After 5th grade, my teacher contacted the school district to have me tested to skip 6th grade; I scored a 96% and went straight from 5th grade to 7th grade.
I was fairly social and interacted with both and girls equally at school. Although I have never been too affected by the opinions of others, I did suffer periods of low self esteem due to teasing, especially by close friends who thought they were just being funny. I was also a very big tomboy. After I joined the Honors class I lost many friends who felt that I thought I was somehow better than them. All of these contributed to teasing from my peers. Because of all this, I struggled to find an identity and to make true friends.
I continued to grow until about 10th grade when my height reached 5'2". My body developed as any woman's does, with the onset of puberty.
I continued to be enrolled in Honors classes and performed at a high academic level. I showed great proficiency in math and musical abilities. I began to play flute, which I did for 6 years. I had the normal beliefs of egocentrism and self consciousness. My abilities to learn quickly and memorized large amounts of information for a short time became very helpful. I followed through with Honors and AP classes until graduation.
As I began making more friends and developing my sense of self, I gradually moved out of my tomboy stage. I became good friends with many people in the Honors classes as well as in Band. This was also a time when Instant Messaging and cell phones became popular, increasing my communication with friends, as well as my motor skills of texting and typing. Because of my egocentrism, I sought autonomy and therefore battled often with my parents and instead turned to friends. Romantic relationships also began to be explored, although I developed much slower in terms of sexual intimacy due to religious beliefs.
By this stage I have finished growing vertically. I found that my metabolism slowed down a bit and I find myself having to exercise more and watch what I eat. I notice that stress takes quite a toll on my body and mind, causing me to eat more, be more irritable, and have tension in my back. Overall I have been in good health with no major health problems. I hope to continue being in good health and having good motor skills.
My cognitive skills continue to develop, with more logical and in depth decision making and problem solving. I perform fairly well in school, with any low grades being a result of laziness or procrastination rather than cognitive abilities. I hope to keep my cognitive abilities sharp as I age through young adulthood.
At this stage I have defined my identity and developed a strong sense of self. I am social yet enjoy my alone time. I have many friends with whom I regularly interact. I am comfortable with who I am and have found my personal values and beliefs. I know what I enjoy and in which direction I would like my career to lead. I also had a 4 year relationship during this time. In the future, I plan to find someone and get married, sustain many friendships, and have children.
I developed at a normal rate. Although I am short and come from a short family, there was not yet a noticeable difference in my body's development as compared to other infants. My motor skills developed regularly. I was also well nourished and breastfed.
Cognitively, I also developed at a normal rate. I said my first word before I was a year old. I was curious and often played (experimented) with any and all objects and toys.
I was a securely attached child. I was comfortable with or without my parents around, but was happier and more secure when they were around. My mom told me I was a "screamer" however, although it had nothing to do with proximity to her or separation anxiety. Ironically, I was still an easy, positive baby.
In this stage I would like to maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise. I want to take as much care of my body as possible so as to age as well as possible.
I hope to be able to keep my cognitive abilities as sharp as possible. I am an avid reader and puzzle-doer, so I plan to continue to do so. I plan to never stop learning, even though I will not be in a formal education setting.
I want to have lasting and fulfilling friendships, as well as a healthy relationship with my spouse. I hope to be happy and comfortable with my career choices, making changes if need be. I also hope to be able to handle the stresses well that accompany parenthood and marriage.
Although I wish to postpone aging as long as possible, I know it is inevitable, so I hope to be able to deal with it well. I want to stay active to keep my body healthy and to decrease my risk for disease or other health problems. As for the graying hair, I will be dying my hair!
I wish to continue learning throughout my life and engaging in activities that exercise my cognitive abilities. I will probably be doing a lot of reading during this stage as I will be retired at some point.
I wish to be able to cope well with the changes that occur from retirement and other life events such as deaths and grandchildren. I hope to continue to have a solid marriage. I would like to be happy and financially comfortable; as stress free as possible.
I continued to develop normally. I was well nourished and still at an average height and weight. I was healthy, with the exception of an occasional cold. My motor skills developed rapidly; I was able to tie my shoes, do simple puzzles, and developed handedness with respect to my right hand.
I started to show above-average behaviors at this age. Although by no means highly gifted, my language skills developed rapidly, and I preferred social communication as opposed to private speech. I loved puzzles and activities that posed challenges.
I regularly attended a family child-care center where I had many opportunities to socialize and interact with other children. My memory must have been well developed as well considering I can recall many events and activities from this stage. I also created many friendships that have lasted well into my young adulthood.
I would hope to not die as a result of physical complications, such as heart attack, accident, or disease. As with most people, if I had the choice, I would choose to pass in my sleep. I hope that before I die, I am still able to function physically and in good health.
I hope to have good cognition before I die, with no dementia or Alzheimers. I also hope to be able to cope mentally with the inevitable coming of death.
I hope that until death I am able to maintain good relations with family and friends. I hope to stay social and happy and generous throughout my life. I hope to die happy and peacefully.