Do you ever look back at your teenage years and just cringe? Oh boy do I ever! Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and talk some sense into myself. However, I know that if I didn’t make all the choices I did in my past, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I would love to warn myself to stay away from certain relationships, and friendships. But every person who impacted my life, negatively or positively, shaped me to be the person I am now. I don’t know for sure if there are any changes that could mean my life today would be better, so I wouldn’t want to tell myself to change anything too drastically.
That being said, I would love to give myself a little advice, just to make my teen years go a little more smoothly. There are lessons I wish I learned a lot sooner. I would tell myself not to take things too seriously, and that most of the things that went wrong aren’t really the end of the world. I would tell myself to savour my teenage years because I will miss them someday. But I would also tell myself that the future is great, and when things seem really bad, they won’t last and everything will be ok.
Most of all, I would encourage myself to not worry about what other people think of me, and to be confident in myself because the only people who’s opinions matter are the ones that will like you, just the way you are.
I asked other people for the advice they would give their 15 year old selves, and I got a great variety of answers. Here are some of my favourites:
“Don’t wish your childhood away. There will be plenty of time for adventures, romance, and acting like an adult. Enjoy the here and now and appreciate it for what it is.” – Leah
“Your mom isn’t actually an asshole. Grow the f*** up.” – Kristen
“Choose your partners wisely” – Kelly
“Stop trying to be an adult and enjoy being a teenager!” – Aviva
“Tomorrow will mean that today is the past and try not to worry so much about what is going on that day” – Christa
“mother f$$k!n bitcoin…” – Jason
“Respect yourself and enjoy doing so. We have but one life” – Richard
“I would tell myself to trust God in all things. Took me a while to get here.” – Ashley
“Don’t bottle things up, communicate your feelings; they matter. Learn how to let things go and forgive, what seems big today may be small tomorrow. Don’t be so quick to give up on yourself, or those closest to you. Tell people how you feel about them, don’t wait because they might not be there tomorrow. Don’t live a life of regretting not saying what you’ll never get the chance to say.” – Michelle
Let me know in the comments what advice you would give yourself. Did any of the advice mentioned above resonate with you? Are you going to use any of the advice going forward? I would love to hear from you!