OK so I’m hardly ‘Old’ but there are definitely a lot of things that I would go back and tell my teenage self. Here is a long list (and I’ve probably missed a few that will come to me later after a few G&Ts!)
You are your own worst critic (ok this still hasn’t changed) and one day you’ll look back at the smokin’ hot bod you had at 16 and realise what a fool you were for thinking you were fat or ugly.
Exfoliate. Cleanse. Tone. Moisturise.
Don’t think you are fat or ugly just because you don’t have a boyfriend.
Wear a bikini… and hot pants…
When you get a boyfriend don’t let him treat you like crap – he should be grateful to have you, not the other way around. Oh and dump his ass when he says he didn’t realise it was Valentine’s Day, actually dump his ass when he says he won’t wait for sex… on second thoughts don’t date that idiot at all. You’re going to meet an amazing guy when you’re 17 anyway!
Oh and treat him well – he really is the love of your life.
It doesn’t matter that you aren’t ‘Popular’ at school – just as long as you are being yourself you will find people who like you and love you regardless of what you think about yourself. Oh and some of those girls who are popular now are only popular for one thing *ahem*
Be nice to people – no people aren’t always nice to you but that doesn’t mean you can pass that negativity along. Stay away from the girls who gossip and bitch – you don’t need them to like you and it doesn’t matter what they say.
It’s more important to be happy than anything else.
Write as much as you can.
Netball is rubbish and you’ll never learn to PIVOT.
It’s OK to be a virgin – in fact it’s great. One day you’ll look back and be grateful that you didn’t lose it to some loser just because your friends already have. Also 99.9% of those boys you crush on will grow up to be complete tossers.
Dance when you go to parties – who cares if you think the other girls are skinnier/prettier/hotter/better at dancing than you? I promise you – you’ll enjoy them more if you relax.
Be proud of your geeky side and embrace your inner bookworm – if people choose to dislike you because of your interests then they are the ones with the issues.
Never ever apologise for being ambitious, for having an opinion or for being ‘bossy’ – one day women will be encouraged to lean in and bossiness will be called ‘leadership skills’ – practice sitting at the table and letting your voice be heard.
The best outfit is the one you wear with a smile – although even a smile couldn’t improve that awful green hoody so please bin it!
Save money whilst you have no outgoings!
Don’t wait for opportunities – go out and get them! Intern, experience new things, go work at a magazine during the summer holidays instead of wasting them sleeping in til noon.
Learn as much as you can – take advantage of the fact that you have to be at school and get to spend time with people who are there to teach you. Talk to your teachers. Practice your Spanish verbs.
Talk to people of different ages, experience, lifestyles. One day your closest friends won’t all be the same age as you. Learn as much as you can from other people.
You will disappoint people – your mum will be disappointed that you aren’t as skinny and popular as she was at school, your dad will be disappointed that you aren’t an A grade student and you will disappoint so many others in so many other ways. The important thing is not to disappoint yourself too much. Likewise many of your family and friends will disappoint you too – but it’s ok because you are strong and the ones who truly matter will stick.
If it’s for you it won’t go past you. Remember this.
The easy choice is rarely the right choice – in the words of Dumbledore (see also: embrace your geeky side)”We must choose between what is right and what is easy”. This little snippet of HP wisdom can be applied to so many situations in your life and certainly applies to studying at school. It doesn’t come easy to you but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.
But above all…. NEVER GET YOUR HAIRCUT INTO A BOB WITH A BLUNT FRINGE!!!
What would you tell your teenage self?