11 Things You’ll Relate With If You Grew Up As A “Tomboy”

September 6, 2021

Growing up a tomboy means you were most likely a girl who liked stereotypically boyish things. You know, life was just more exciting on the other side.

Surely, you’ll find certain things on this list relatable.

1. You liked rolling with the boys

Climbing trees, jumping off roofs, riding bikes, stealing fruits from your strict neighbor’s compound, and other activities that qualify as “boys play” seemed super fun to you. If boys can do it, why can’t you even in a dress?

2. You sat however was comfortable

Sit like a girl? Nope, not happening. The older women around you must have shouted “Close your legs” too many times to recount.

3. Video games? Yes, please.

When boys boast about how they’re trying hard not to beat you because you’re a girl, you most likely go: “bring it on.” Sports nko, thrilling.

4. Your body is no stranger to scars

As a result of hopping from one daring adventure to the other.

5. You didn’t like bras

And gowns, skirts or other girly items you were expected to like. They just seemed so unnecessary, especially if you developed breasts early.

6. Unapologetically stealing your bros clothes

Not only did you find them more comfortable, but what are bros for? Now you’ve graduated to stealing your male friends and boyfriends’ shirts. Well done.

7. The marriage sermon

“You will not see husband to marry if you continue jumping about with boys like this.” Aunty Nkechi please, I’m just ten years old.

8. Hair struggles

Other girls get excited having to plait their hair weekly and look fine, but the urge to go low never left you. Now, look who’s rocking bone straight.

9. Pink? Errr, not so much

You might not have outrightly hated pink because of the color, but because it was naturally expected; blue is for boys, pink is for girls.

10. The awkward feeling

The feeling of being different or out of place just seems more pronounced in certain situations. E.g those silly birthday parties where everyone is expected to dress up. Your mother probably compared you to other girls your age who acted proper and didn’t have too many ripped dresses.

11. Your parents didn’t mind

This is in rare occasions when you turned out to be the boy they never had. No comparisons, “girly” expectations, the marriage talk or threats of disowning you.

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