10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Teen-age Self

1. You’ve got a resting bitch face, it’s okay.

Don’t feel like you have to smile and make a conscious effort all the time because it will get exhausting. It’s just your face, embrace it!

2. Don’t worry about having a mono-brow.

The skinny brow trend will soon die-out and people will actually be jealous of your thick brows. DO NOT PLUCK THEM.

3. Don’t even think about boys yet.

At this age, they’re stupid. And frankly, so are you. It won’t end nicely so just focus on more important things like school, family and friendships.

4. Don’t be such a brat.

From growing up I’ve realised just how much my mum and dad have done (and continue to do) for me. I couldn’t be more grateful and I wish I realised this a lot sooner. Your mum becomes the only person you really need so just be flipping nice to them and stop being a stroppy teenager.

5. Stop pretending like you like wearing heels.

There is nothing worse than stepping out of a taxi and being in pain the second your feet touch the floor. I get that your only 5’2 but for God’s sake just wear some flats and you can actually enjoy your night. Also, it’s flipping lovely waking up in the morning and being able to walk.

6. Stop wishing your life away.

There comes a point when you realise when everyone said “this is the best time of your life” it was true. There comes a time for everything so just focus on now and enjoy it.

7. Don’t stress about getting into uni so much.

Your life shouldn’t evolve around whether you get into university or not (you do). If it’s meant to be, it’ll be.

8. Save some flipping money.

I have no clue what I spent all my earnings on from my teens which could only mean that it was spent on mostly useless things. If you start saving just a little now, you’ll be able to really treat yourself a little later on.

9. Not everyone’s going to like you.

It seems so important when you’re in school to be liked but popularity has an age limit. You’ll stop comparing yourself to others enough to realise you don’t have to be a drone of everyone else. You won’t care about that popular girl you wanted to be friends with at 13 when you have a little group of amazing friends who you know actually care.

10. Time heals everything.

Whether it be sadness from a breakup, loosing a friend or having your self-conscious put down, it’ll get better. Even if it takes a day, a year or 5 years. With time you’ll move on and realise the important things in life and how you should focus on them. Things always seem brighter after a good sleep and a cup of tea.

 

What would you tell your teen-age self? Let me know!

-Lauren

x

2 thoughts on “10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Teen-age Self

  1. Greg says:

    What I would tell my teenage self:
    1. Don’t put things off. Never think/say “One day I’ll do….” if you have the time and money, don’t do it one day, do it today. Because the time will come when you wake up and realise that there aren’t enough ‘one days’ left for you to do all the things you’ve put off.

    2. Be grateful for what you have. Be ambitious but don’t spend your life constantly striving for more. Take the time to appreciate what you’ve already got.

    3. No man is worth giving up your dreams for. If he truly loves you he’ll want to see you reach your full potential and he’ll share your dreams with you.

    4. Be your own person. Listen to advice (particularly from your mum!) be prepared to make compromises, but ultimately you are the mistress of your own destiny.

    5. Pick your career wisely. Do something you love and not only will you feel happier, you’ll be bloody brilliant at it too.

    6. Remember where you came from. Hang on to your true friends and always keep in touch with your family. They are your safety blanket and your parachute, and you will need them.

    7. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. Nothing is worth getting into debt over. Prioritise your needs, if you have a roof over your head, food on the table, and the bills are paid, then you can buy that handbag or book that holiday.

    8. Be kind to people. You’ll get it back.

    9. Look after your health.

    10. Be happy. X

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