Advice for Teen-Me

I saw a post about “advice to my former self” over at Lisa and Laura Write the other day.

It seemed like too good of an idea to pass up. Especially considering their awesome list. Here’s my version of insights I would go back in time and give to my younger, much less interesting self:

  1. When in doubt, dump them. Whether it’s buh-fuh-fuhs (Best Friends Forever) or boyfriends, you’re too young to waste time on people you’re not sure of. Just get rid of ’em. 
  2. Instead of wallowing in self pity, nurture your inner rockstar. 
  3. Short hair CAN be cool. Just do some research before you invest in a haircut. 
  4. Your parents are probably right. Even if you don’t believe me, try to avoid doing things you’ll still regret in fifteen years just so you can “win.”
  5. Drunk is gross. Seriously. Avoid it at all costs.
  6. Learn how to apply makeup. Not for anyone else, but for you. It’s a good thing.
  7. $10 will be $500 in ten years. Save it. 
  8. Breakdance lessons. Ballroom dance lessons. Ballet lessons? Try ’em all. Get good at one.
  9. Pay attention in German class. And Spanish class. And Latin.
  10. Challenge bad behavior and poor choices. It may not matter much to you, but they will remember it.
  11. Embrace your glasses. Use some of that saved money to buy fancy ones. They really aren’t that bad, and your eyeballs will thank you.
  12. There are a lot of schools out there aching to have you. Get them to pay you to attend. It’s possible, even though you’re not the smartest kid in school.
  13. Keep. A. Journal. Maybe 25-year-old you won’t be interested, but the 30-year-old you might be…
  14. Dream more than one dream. Don’t hesitate to give one up if a better one surfaces, but never allow one dream to be enough. 
  15. (Clothes do matter. Try harder. Learn to iron.)

 What about you? Feel free to post your own, or just leave me a comment. I’m curious about the advice others might have.

I’m also in the market for a time machine.


7 thoughts on “Advice for Teen-Me”

  1. Listen to yourself. If you've been doing something all your life, it's for a reason. Don't put it aside just because it doesn't seem easy.

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