Stovohobo Turns Thirteen

by Stovohobo
originally published at 01:51AM on Sunday, November 25, 2007

They say that every experience that will form your life happened before you were twelve.

Does that mean my childhood is over?

It certainly is a deep question—a childhood has always been viewed as the first steps into life, the first experiences with what’s going to happen to you and the world around you. The theory makes sense. For about the first twelve years of your life, you are constantly learning about the world so you can enter it as a competent individual.

Today, competent means having a good education, knowledge, but first and foremost, lots of money. Obviously, they say, you need money because it buys your good education. That good education leads to knowledge, and knowledge can be used to obtain more money. The cycle continues.

Do abstract “talents” like art, writing, and charisma mean anything, then? Do the things that define me mean anything compared to the picture-perfect view of the world?

They don’t have to. I’m okay with that. It’s just another thing that makes me, me.




  • from Stovohobo:

    This autobiographical enough?
    BTW , my birthday is not today, necessarily. I’m not telling you when it is. Just that I’ve turned [or will be turning soon] thirteen. Gerfrabbit stalker-people…

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    You have amazing control of language for a 12 (or 13?) year old. I’m half skeptical that you’re not truly older, but I choose to believe you. And I think that you’re absolutely right, they don’t call them “the formative years” for nothing.

  • from m8ryx:

    being closer to thrice than twice your age, I must inform you that if you stop growing as a person at twelve, you have a pretty sad life. New things happen every day. I’m still developing, learning, remolding. Don’t worry. There’s lots to look forward to…and AC is right, you are very talented (don’t let it go to your head, ego is less a muse than a curse ;) so keep it up.

    btw, money is really handy but way overrated. I’d take quality over quantity any day.

  • from YodaOnCrack:

    Thoughtful post at your age or any other… I ask you to consider author George Dawson who learned to read at age 98 and authored his own life story at age 101. Dawson started his first job at age 4! I wonder what he thought of his childhood or the concept of a “picture perfect” world? I’d guess that abstract talents like art and writing became more important to him as he aged.

  • from flute faerie:

    This post makes me think. I think that abstract talents r very important.

  • from someday_93:

    It really does make you think…though I tend to disagree a bit. Money can buy you traditional schooling…but learning and knowledge can’t be bought. Some things you can’t learn in school…I don’t go to school, and I learn so, so much. But that’s just my opinion…
    And I hope everything doesn’t happen by 12…I’m 14, going on 15, and I hope life still continues to happen. This is really great writing, though!

  • from Lone Writer:

    I agree with someday.

  • from More Than Meets The Eyes:

    happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to STOVOHOBO !! happy birthday to you! oh now i see your comment. nevermind. i’m such an idiot.

  • from Stovohobo:

    It’s in this general time period: as in either a few days before or after Thanksgiving. Not giving you any more info. But thanks!
    BTW , for some of you that mentioned the stuff about money and whatnot, I wrote it saying that the world viewed it that way—not me. I may have just misinterpreted what you said, but the same goes for the 12 theory. I didn’t make that myself, and I’m not saying that your life dies once you turn 13. It’s simply the theory of how the rest of your personality is going to be.

  • from Fyora Cartagan:

    Wow, I expected you to be at least my age…Though I admit I haven’t changed much, myself, since 13, because I was rather mature for my age. Though I have developed some severe taste aversions and phobias since then. Like writing on paper for one…But that’s another story.

  • from One Time, One Chance:

    gasp either way gasp before/after thanksgiving gasp ur still gasp older gasp than gasp

  • from One Time, One Chance:

    HA!!! BUT I GET DOUBLE THE PRESENTS because my birthday is five days befo chwismas.
    so THERE .
    childhood better not be over!!! i have yet to mess up soooo many times! GAH !

  • from Batak Beatrix:

    Nicely done with this one. Also not the style I’m used to seeing from you, but I really enjoyed it.

  • from User 5239:

    i thought you were a lot older than twelve, seeing as i’m not much older i can easily say i wish i had lots of money so i could go to the high school of my choice, but your right about cycles. they get truly annoying after a while

  • from Storykeeper of Fae:

    New and interesting style from you Stovohobo. I know from experience that when people answer rhetorical questions meant to provoke thought, it is, to the writer, extremely annoying. I’m going to do it anyway. Of course astract talents count!

    As for the formative years…PSH! I’ve grown as a person 11 times more rapidly since 6th grade than I ever had before. I think you really become more self aware AFTER childhood.

    Anyways…I liked it! Keep at it, you’ve got amazing talent. I’m jealous.

  • from Saint Chuck:

    I’m not much older than you but envy your amazing mastery of the written word.
    Oh, and happy early birthday!

  • from Insert Pen Name Here :

    hey! im thirteen too! but im older that you, ha, i turned thirteen back in june. Oh well, happy birthday! ;)

  • from ♥Juliana♥:

    i really like it but i think you could make it more clear.

  • from Kermitgorf:

    They say you change every seven years ( age like a dog?) So Happy Birthday Stovohobo and enjoy your 13th year,as next year you will grow in more than talent but added maturity, I look forward to how much better a writer you will become, and since you’re # 1 on my favorite authors list, then you know in what high esteem I already regard you.

  • from BetwINeen:

    I turned thirteen a month ago and i don’t really feel that older…its like when i turned 10 and i thought i would feel older (cause of th double digits) but i didn’t.
    i was really disapointed too…lol

  • from JohnnysGiRL:

    wow that is really insightful and deep. it makes you think

  • from wytherwings:

    wow i thought u were so much older that 12 (or 13)
    btw, i’ve changed so much from when i was 12, and that was only 2 years ago!!!!!
    and i really hope that i grow more as i get older, cuz i would hate to stay this way the rest of my life

  • from User 7036:

    whoa…that is very powerful…im gonna think about that when im in bed later….im glad u posted something that is worth readin! =)

  • from Brebelles:

    This is a good piece. I am gonna be 15 at the end of this year. YAY !!

  • from MeAndTheMoon:

    i like you thoughts. i think that you change and develop a lot after you turn thirteen, but at the sale time i think that by the time you are a teenager it’s good to have at least figured out who you’d like to be. it is probably not who you are now and it may not be who you end up as, but to at least be forming serious goals and having in mind a realistic ideal of what you want the future to look like

  • from Dance With the Devil:

    I think the connection between childhood, competence, money, and talent is a bit fuddled. The timeframe of your childhood and development are more dependent on the environment you are born into. Also, equating monetary possession and social competence is a bit too pessimistic. And as for talents having meaning…that is purely personal and solely dependent on what you look for in life, so I don’t think you should have any worries there.

  • from LovingYourHeartbreak♥:

    Woah, With the way u write, there is NO WAY you could be my age or YOUNGER ! Oh my golly goodness!! btw, that was really good and yer stories rock.