Do you remember being 11? While most of us were pretty disappointed we didn’t get our Hogwarts letters, there was something pretty big going on for all of us, we were about to enter the zoo that is Secondary School. There’s a lot I wish I could go back and tell that scared kid because like it or not, it changed each and every one of us. Some for the better, others maybe not so much.
I had a think about things that I would tell myself, things I wish I could have known that might have made things a little easier. So here are my 10, don’t forget to let me know yours in the comments below!
Don’t be afraid of standing up for yourself.
I was bullied a lot as a kid, it was bad at the age of 11 but it continued. I didn’t want to get into trouble so a lot of the time I just took it. I wish I hadn’t.
You and your body are beautiful.
Ah Puberty, there’s nothing like it to destroy your confidence. This was the start of me worrying about my body. Was my stomach flat enough? Were my boobs going to be big enough? Why did my hair get so gross even when I washed it? Was my deodorant good enough?
This is when I started to doubt it and I wish I hadn’t because it takes YEARS to undo, I’m still working on it!
Don’t panic about not having any friends on the first day of school, you’ll find your friends.
I was petrified no one would like me when I got to secondary school. Little did I know I’d meet the best person in my life there a few years later…
Being nice will get you further than being a bitch, those girls won’t understand that for a long time.
BUT being too nice will get you walked on, it’s a thin line.
Don’t be embarrassed about being smart, keep reading, it’s going to help you a lot later on!
I got mercilessly teased as a kid for reading a lot…I was the 11-year-old reading Victoria Beckhams autobiography because I wanted to know more about her and had gotten through all of the Jacqueline Wilson novels the previous year. Don’t be ashamed of being smart!
Play with your sister as much as possible, she’ll grow up quicker than you think.
Having a sister that is nearly 7 years younger than me I wish I’d appreciated the time she was always at home. Now she’s 16 and off working, meeting friends and doing other things cherish the time!
Everything will happen for a reason.
The good, the bad, the ugly. Every damn thing happens for a reason and that’s what I believe.
There’s going to be some really shitty times ahead, but you’re going to get through them and it’s going to make you stronger.
My teenage years were really tough and sometimes I’m in awe that I managed what I did. But, I’m here, I’m still going.
Think about the future, you can’t do anything about the past.
This is something I’m still working on. It’s easy to get stuck in the past, think about who hurt you and where things went wrong but it won’t help you.
You’re going to grow up to be pretty awesome.
You’re pretty cool, kid.
What would you tell your 11-year-old self? Let me know in the comments below.