10 Things I Would Tell Teenage Me

  1. Don’t worry so much about anything and everything. Life is for living and enjoying every moment, not spending hours, sometimes days, maybe even weeks, worrying about the tiniest of things that really have no massive impact on your life and mean diddly squat to you.
  2. Don’t ever feel like you shouldn’t put your heart on the line. Yes, it hurts when it back fires and you may feel like an idiot, but it’s better to take the risk in telling someone how you feel as opposed to just sitting there wondering what could or could not be. Everyone is rejected and gets their feelings thrown back in their face. Unfortunately it’s part of growing up. Stick it out, no matter how many people reject you or hurt you. Eventually you will get there and meet the man you want to spend the rest of your life with. 
  3. Don’t care about what other people think of you. Be yourself, no matter what idiotic comments or laughs are had at your expense by those heartless people who have nothing better to do than bring you down, or try to at least. They are the pathetic ones, not you, and after five years that seem to feel like forever, you will never have to see them again. You will be the bigger and better person than them, and they can’t take that away from you.
  4. Don’t snap so much when those who care about you try and offer you advice (i.e your Mum and Dad). They’re only trying to help you, look out for you and love you, just like any parent would, and just like you will more than likely also do when you have children of your own one day. They aren’t trying to tell you what to do, or take control of your life, they’re simply trying to help. Needless arguments are had because of your habit to snap, so cut the attitude and stop thinking you know best. Your parents were teenagers once too you know.
  5. Don’t listen to what other people think of your interests. Who cares if you love McFly?! Yes, the heavily fake tanned, bitchy girls in your classes may taunt you, but who gives a crap?? Like I previously said, be yourself. Those who matter will love you for it. Stuff the Oompa Loompas. 
  6. Thank you for taking so many photographs during your teenage years. No matter how crap the quality of some of them may be, they’re memories you look back on now and cherish more than anything else. 
  7. Don’t ever worry about friendships that started off amazing and ended in a horrible argument that resulted in neither of you speaking to one another again. Yes their friendship mattered to you once, and yes you had some good times with them, but if they turn out to be jealous people who only try and make you feel bad about yourself, then they’re really not worth it. Concentrate your energy on those that are there for you no matter what and who are always there for you to turn to.
  8. Don’t feel like you have to be anyone but yourself. Whether it’s wearing the right clothes, having your hair cut a certain way, listening to the right music. You are your own individual person who had their own mind and their own personality. Stand out amongst the crowd and don’t let anyone ever stop you from feeling like you can’t be whoever the hell you want to be.
  9. Don’t feel like a ‘geek’ about the fact you actually listen in your lessons, do your homework and don’t kick up a fuss in your classes. School is there to educate you, help you find your place in the world, create opinions on things and help you on your way to your dream job. The funny thing to remember is, you see those people taking the piss out of you for doing your work? Well they don’t end up anywhere high and mighty, and once again you end up being the better person.
  10. Finally, don’t ever not appreciate the time you have with your Mum. She knows you love her, but say it more often. Make as much fuss as possible of her on Mothers Day, her birthday and Christmas. Treasure every single moment you have with her, and don’t let anything stop you from spending as much time as possible with her. One day, you will realise what those memories mean to you and will give anything to simply hug her and give her a present on Mothers Day. Don’t ever not appreciate her being there, because one day she won’t be.

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