I’ve been quite reflective recently and thinking a lot about my teenage years, particularly as my sister is fast approaching her 16th (!!) birthday. Now I’m in my twenties, and believe me that’s a rollercoaster enough, but I had a tough time as a teenager, it wasn’t easy but at the same time some of the best things happened to me. I think we all have a certain view of our teenage years. I don’t agree with people saying that it’s the ‘best time of your life’ but there are certain times I look back on fondly. So, here are some of the things I wish I told
I don’t agree with people saying that it’s the ‘best time of your life’ but there are certain times I look back on fondly. So, here are some of the things I wish I could go back and tell myself to just give me a bit of a hand and the things I’ve learnt.
School isn’t forever.
My life was hell at school, sometimes it felt like it was never going to end but it definitely did and it was glorious.
You’re right to look forward to college, it’s going to be great.
I lived and breathed for my college. I could do classes I wanted to escape the people who hated me. I used to go and meet Ali from his day with butterflies. It was definitely a good two year with some great friends.
Trust him when he says he loves you, he does.
I’ve been with Ali for almost 9 years. I had such issues at sixteen that I wasn’t good enough, that he was going to leave me etc. I was a complete nightmare. I wish she knew he’s still around now.
Don’t hate yourself, you’re not well.
I was incredibly ill with depression at this point, I literally felt like I was going insane and ruining everyone’s lives. I wish I knew that it was all to do with an illness and not because I was a terrible person.
Others opinions don’t matter
Can not stress this enough!
You can have a great future!
I didn’t think much about the future much, I couldn’t but I wish I knew that I could get there.
Keep singing, keep writing, keep being creative!
There were more than a few times I just didn’t want to do it anymore, what was the point, why bother? It was going to do more for me than I thought!
Ignore your art teacher, you’re never going to impress her.
Seriously, the woman had her favourites, I wasn’t one of them.
Talk to someone.
Just talk about how you feel.
Seriously, I would shout this until I was blue in the face if I could. I really struggled with the way I looked and thought I was chubby but I really, really wasn’t.
The house parties are going to continue, they’ll be some of the best memories of your life.
Best. Time. Ever.
Think about uni, just think about it.
I thought it wasn’t for people like me. Oh I was wrong.
Love yourself, cause you’re pretty awesome.
Something I still need to remember at 22.
What do you wish you knew at 16? Let me know in the comments!