1. Things aren’t always going to be easy.
In the words of musical legend (I use the term very, very loosely) Ronan Keating: ‘life is a rollercoaster, you just gotta ride it’.
2. Listen to your orthodontist and wear that post-brace retainer.
Otherwise, the two years you spent picking food out of your Train Tracks will literally have been for nothing.
3. Experiment with your sexuality if you want to.
If you feel inclined, experiment and explore! Have no fear or shame in getting to know what you like and enjoy!
4. Change is a good thing and you will get way better at dealing with it as you get older.
Life’s magic tends to happen when you are outside of your comfort zone, so embrace change! It might take a while to adjust, but it will be so #worthit.
5. Wearing sunglasses indoors is not cool.
Unless, of course, you are Stevie Wonder.
6. If you can’t already, learn to ask for help.
Because at some point, just like everybody else, you are going to need it and there is no shame in that.
7. Enjoy being single.
Relationships bring their own challenges; enjoy ‘me time’ and make the most out of being able to eat blocks of cheese in your pants on a Saturday night.
8. Hair will, in most cases, always grow back.
So don’t totally freak out next time you lop off a few too many inches.
9. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
Learn to laugh at yourself – I promise you, it will make life SO much easier.
10. Your tastes and opinions will change over time.
This is a good one to keep in mind when you are considering getting something as permanent as a tattoo. Your adult self might not be as huge of a Britney or Bieber fan as your teenage self:
11. Your life might not end up exactly how you envisaged it.
Okay, so you might not get the law career, the big house and the white picket fence you dreamed of – but that’s fine! When I was four, I thought ‘being a mermaid’ was a tangible career option; needless to say, life under the sea hasn’t quite panned out for me.
12. Some people won’t like you, that’s okay.
Also, don’t change yourself for anybody. Stay true to who you are – people should love you for you, not the person you are trying to be.
13. Stick at that hobby.
It might just turn into an awesome career. Or it may become something to relax you for the rest of your life.
14. Keep a record of all your passwords.
Because I am still grieving the Gmail account I lost access to five years ago. The thought of all those unread emails though…
15. No one will remember that time you *insert embarrassing situation here*.
It might have seemed absolutely horrifying at the time and you might relive the scene again and again in your head, but trust me when I say, people are far too concerned with themselves to remember that embarrassing thing you did.
16. When you get your heart broken it feels like the end of the world, but it will ALWAYS heal in time.
So try not to waste too much of your young life hung up on the fools who break it.
17. Don’t give time to people who make you feel bad about yourself.
Because backhanded compliments are the worst.
18. Do what you want to do, not what you think you should do.
It might mean taking a risk, but if you feel it is the right thing to do, don’t let anyone stop you.
19. Stop sleeping in.
Sometimes I think of all the great things I could have done instead of sleeping in until midday. If I had spent as much time learning a new instrument as I did napping, I’d be first chair in an orchestra right now.
20. Put your friends before you crush.
It’s so easy to fall into the relationship bubble where you stop seeing friends and instead spend night after night in your significant other’s arms. But, if your relationship doesn’t work out, you will want those friends there to support you through the break-up. Make sure you spend time with them instead of just watching Netflix 24-7.
21. Listen to your gut instinct.
Trust yourself; that inner voice is so often right.
22. It’s not a race to lose your virginity.
Really it’s not. Don’t ever feel pressured to have sex just for the sake of being able to say you have lost your virginity. Make sure you are 100% ready by your own standards, no one else’s.
23. Try not to waste time regretting
What’s done is done. You cannot undo the past. Instead of focusing on ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’ – look at how you can move forward in a positive way.
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