Humans are interesting species that seem to never be able to live in the present. When we’re teenagers, we can’t wait to grow up and become independent. However, when we do grow up, and have to care for ourselves, we can’t help but romanticize the carefree days when we were in our early teens.

Brightside teamed up with illustrator Astkhik Rakimova and put together 11 illustrations that depict how life changes as we grow up. Scroll down and see which ones you relate to the most!



Watching cartoons




Being in love

Relationships with parents

Evening activities

Thinking about life

Reading classical literature

Illustrator Astkhik Rakimova for