This photo is one of the only photos remaining in my house from when I was 16 – It was taken by my Mum before I went to my year eleven prom. I found it when I was sorting everything out for the big move and it got me thinking about that time of my life…And so this blog post was born – 19 things I would tell my teenage self. It’s been done by plenty of other bloggers so here’s my take on it.
1.0 School might be forcing you to pick options and A-Level subjects and college courses and a career at 15 but the truth is? A very small percentage of people know what they want to do at that age and an even smaller percentage go on to do it. Don’t worry cos there is plenty of time to decide.
2.0 If spots plague you as a teenager, chances are they will still rear their ugly white heads when you are an adult – Sorry. Drink plenty of water, use gentle products on your skin and try not to worry too much about it.
3.0 A lot of friendships have a shelf life. And chances are your school friends are just that – your school friends. It’s sad but it’s true.
4.0 Keep dying your hair pink, wear your green glitter eyeliner to your heart’s content and don’t worry about people ripping the piss out of your skinny jeans or Doc Martens (all those bitches will be wearing them in ten years anyway). Being an individual is a very good thing.
5.0 Your sister is a pain in the arse but be good to her cos eventually she will turn out to be your closest ally/co-conspirator. She will also produce some really cute and funny babies that are worth putting up with her for.
6.0 You know how people say school years are the best years of your life? Well it’s bullshit. For some people they may be, but not for you. Just wait until you get into your twenties and are earning good money, have a great family, a lovely husband, a staffy (just like Umber by the way), travel regularly and can buy as much make up and clothing as you want. Sod school.
7.0 Being nice and kind is good but don’t let being nice and kind turn you into a pushover. Stand up for yourself and don’t let anyone take the piss.
8.0 You are about to be dumped and drop out of college and there is a six month period that is very, very shit but don’t worry cos it totally alters the course of your life – For the better. You a) meet a boy who turns into your fiancée who turns into your husband and b) get a job you enjoy that also pays very handsomely despite a lack of qualifications. It might feel like the end of the world but trust me, it’s not.
9.0 Try more food. Seriously. I know you like Yorkshire puddings and chicken goujons but there is so much great food out there. Honey sesame chicken, calamari with garlic aioli, melted cheese, STEAK. Just give it a go, you won’t regret it (well, you might regret some but hey, that’s fine).
10.0 Blonde hair is cool but doing it yourself in your bedroom whilst your Mum is away on a course is not. Leave it to the professionals kid.
11.0 Be nice to your mum and dad. They are doing a great job. When you are in your twenties you will totally understand why sometimes they can’t be arsed doing something or why they don’t want to lend you £20 or why they want you home for nien when all your friends are still out.
12.0 Pores are hereditary and there isn’t much you can do about that.
13.0 Learning to drive is really, really, really hard and there are times when you will want to throw the towel in but don’t okay? Your first instructor is a cock but hold on cos your second one gets you through. The freedom that comes with being able to drive is the best feeling, honestly. It might be one of the hardest things you ever do but it’s worth it. .
14.0 Listen to your gut, it’s normally right.
15.0 And so is your mum so listen to her too.
16.0 A career in art is hard and tbh, you just aren’t that motivated (or that good actually). Don’t be upset when things don’t go to plan – You can always be creative in other ways (for example, you can start a blog where you waffle on about random stuff you love 2-3 times a week).
17.0 Always check your tyre pressure, always check your oil and water and don’t let your petrol gauge go into the red. Even if you are skint and would rather spend your last tenner on a cheap bottle of vodka.
18.0 Try not to be so self conscious about your side profile or your sticky out ears. Literally no one cares. It’s only you who worries about them.
19.0 Don’t dwell on the past, don’t worry too much about the future. Try and be in the present as much as possible and enjoy (and be grateful for) what you already have.
TELL ME: What would you tell your teenage self?
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