What No One Tells You About Growing up a Tomboy

The other week as I jumped out of my friend’s ute ( yes you read right) I miscalculated the height of the vehicle and fell down on my palms and knees. Hard.

However I was able to get back up and brush off the disturbing amount of the blood gushing out from the scratches, with ease.

My friend on the other hand, went fifty shades paler. The whole ride out of Sydney I barely flinched. Yes it hurt like hell and I was able to sanitize the wound, but I knew it would leave a scar. Something I was no stranger to. Growing up in Dubai with more male friends than female, I almost always came back home with a battle scar or two.

My friend on the other hand was already compiling a list of oils I could apply to help reduce the definite scarring that would occur as a result of my recklessness. The honest truth? When you grow up a tomboy there is always a list of things that you’ll inevitably give a sh*t about a list of things that won’t even cause you to bat an eyelid.


  • You’ll end up with a bunch of great guy friends who’ll be brutally honest about the men that you date.
  • You’ll naturally gravitate towards other women who avoid petty drama.
  • You’ll end up cutting the hair of a Bratz doll that your mum’s boss gave you for Christmas.
  • You’ll be able to handle a room full of men with ease, but will freak the f*ck out if the chick from HR sends you a sassy email.
  • You’ll learn to value the female relationships in your life because of how real and grounded they are.
  • You’ll be able to impress people with ease. All you’ll have to do is untie the bun at the top of your head that’s played the role of a stubborn tenant, till date.
  • After some time the term ‘one of the boys’ will be the highest form of praise.
  • You’ll end up with thick skin. Since most of your guy friends have no filter whatsoever and will call you out on your BS. You’ll inevitably learn how to handle their banter. As well as hand it back to them.
  • You’re less likely to be approached by creepers at bars. When the female to male ratio is that skewered.


  • You’re less likely to get hit on at a bar because there is a good chance that other men might be a little intimidated by the bunch of goofballs surrounding you.
  • You often have to remind people that although you’re ‘one of the guys’ you still have feelings. So hearing about your mate’s ‘smash and dash’ adventures don’t usually sit very high on your list of priorities.
  • You realize very quickly that your make-up skills are amazing. For Halloween.
  • On the off chance that you do manage to get some make-up on your face someone will almost always ask you, who you’re trying to impress.
  • You look like a newborn giraffe taking its first steps when you wear heels on a night out.
  • You’ll get called a ‘potty mouth’ more than once.
  • Your version of flirting consists of hiding that laugh snort of yours.
  • You don’t order ‘cute food’ on date. Life is too short to substitute a burger with a kale salad anyway.

Published by The Strategic Chaos

What happens when you mix an engineering major with a creative mindset who's always getting herself into awkward situations? The strategic chaos is born. It's what a love child between Mindy Kaling and Mark Cuban would look like. With Kevin Hart as side piece.

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