Growing up is tough, the transition from a teenage to becoming an adult- can be the hardest. Now, I understand why Peter Pan never wanted to grow up. Adult life is hard, suddenly you have a whole lot of responsibilities and bills to pay. Most of us will question whether or not anyone ever truly grows up. I’m still a big kid, just with more life knowledge, more self-respect and a lot more confidence.
I don’t believe in regrets because every bad experience and bad decision, teaches you a life lesson. Making mistakes are an important part of growing up, they sculpt us into the people we are today–but there are a lot of things I wish now, I could tell my younger self.
1. Don’t dye your hair! You will regret it when you grow up. Leave it alone and just embrace your natural hair colour. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this when you have nice long, shiny hair!
2. Spend less time dating and more time with friends. Friends stay with you for life, you will create your biggest memories with them. You find your best friends in college, not your husbands! There is plenty of time to meet a guy, in fact when you become an adult they will probably become the biggest bane of your life- so embrace been young and single.
3. High school popularity, doesn’t matter! Don’t change who you are to fit in with a certain group, you don’t need a leader or to be the most popular girl in school- you just need a good set of real friends.
4. Mothers are always right. I hate to say it, but its true. They know everything. You will look back and wish you had listened. They have been through the growing up process, they have have been heart broken, dated total doochebag’s and made mistakes.
6. Don’t give up talents or hobbies. If you love sports, singing, acting, writing or even napping. Whatever it is, keep doing it. If you are good at something, don’t give it up because later in life you will grow to regret it.
8. Everything is going to be ok! you’re going to lose people and get your heart broken, but nothing is ever permanent. The pain will pass and time will heal, so don’t over stress about the things you can’t change.
9. Be consistent. Finish what you started, don’t give up half way when things get difficult- It will be worth it in the long run.
10. Take school seriously! I was the class clown, I spent a lot of my time outside of the classroom and honestly, Its not cool. Work hard, its the most important part of your learning life and you won’t ever get those years back! Work hard because it will give you a better future, and then you play as hard as you like!
11. Don’t be a sheep! you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing, It is your life, make your own decisions. It’s OK to not want the same things that your friends want in life, be confident enough in yourself not to hide in someone else’s shadow.
What would you tell your younger self?