When you were allowed to hang out with your friends, you were always the first one that had to go home. Then you had to hear about what happened after you left the next day in school. It was the ultimate definition of FOMO.
2. Asking Your Parents If You Can Sleep Over A Friend's House
Asking your parents if you could sleep over someone's house took weeks of preparation. If not months. You needed a spreadsheet, references, a list of reasons why you should be allowed to go, stacks of information about the parents and more!
If you wanted something, timing was everything. You knew that you had to wait until your parents were in a good mood or even a little tipsy if there was even a chance that they would say yes or give you what you want. If you had any doubts as to what kind of mood they were in, it was best to wait it out until they were a little more chipper.
Growing up with strict parents means that you are now an amazing liar. Why? Because you had a lot of practice. You had to lie about pretty much everything in order to avoid an argument. And that's no lie.
If you wanted something, you basically had to take them to court. There needed to be a Who, What, Where, When and Why. You needed to recruit a panel of judges and a jury for something to actually go your way.
You know that if you wanted something, you had better be prepared. So who would you run everything by? Your trusted mirror, of course. Your mirror became your confidant, your acting teacher and your motivational coach, and you really wouldn't have been able to do anything without their help. You + Mirror = Besties 4 life.
When you are not allowed to do anything growing up, it's bound to come out at some point. Where will it come out? College! Look out, university, there's an over-pressured, totally-wound-up and stressed-beyond-belief undergrad coming your way and it is about to get wild!!
You were definitely not about to have any sort of "birds and bees" conversation with your two uptight parents. So, they gave you a book and you threw it under your bed and you never spoke about it again. I guess you had to figure out that whole sex ed thing by yourself.
Sure you had a nice brand new phone, but guess what? It was only for calling your parents. You were allowed to sometimes use it socially but only at certain times throughout the day. And if they even caught you texting a boy, you were toast!
You never wanted your friends or any potential suitors anywhere near your house. There was just no way that you would subject them to such pressure. If anyone stepped foot in your house you knew that the grilling would begin, so you just stayed away from it.