Every so often we go through different experiences in our lives which often send me back to when I was younger. I sometimes find myself wishing I could tell my younger self about how life really works, and what’s real and true, and therefore get rid of some incorrect preconceptions and assumptions I had way back then. So what would I tell my younger self?
1. Life is good. Not all the time, but mostly. Despite anything you’re going through right now and will go through in the future, it does get better, even if you don’t think it will.
2. It’s genuinely a good thing you don’t know whats going to happen to you in the future. If you knew what you’d have to go through in a few years, it would be too much for your young mind and soul to bear. But you will get through it, hang in there.
3. That shy, overweight girl you are with braces? You will blossom. I promise you. It will take time, effort and patience but you will get there. If you get the chance, push yourself out of your comfort zone, it’ll be worth it.
4. Pay attention in school, all the time. Those lessons you think are silly and pointless…..aren’t. Everything you learn now, will assist you in life. Maybe not in the way you think either.
5. Exercise, eat well and live a healthy life early on. Dance and train hard, it’ll set your body up well for the future.
6. You will love, you will get your heart broken and you’ll go through things you never thought you would. But you will find the one, I promise you he is out there, it will just take time. Be patient. When you do find him, work at it, be honest and open. It’s an amazing thing, to be with someone who loves you just as much as you love them, so make every effort to preserve, improve and deepen it.
7. Stop watching so much damn TV. Read more, go on long walks and explore. Expand your mind and do things outside of school that will help with this.
8. Don’t offer your heart and soul into friendships that aren’t worth it. Put in effort where you know you’ll get it back. Sure you will think this for a while and some friendships you have, you will get effort back, but not all friendships are forever. Your true friends you may not meet at school. But once you’ve found true friendship, trust me, you’ll know.
9. Love your sister and brother. Unconditionally. Trust me when I say, they are everything to you and you will need, and lean on them countless times in your adult life. They’re your best friends.
10. Your parents truly love you and want the best for you. I know you don’t think that now but they do! Listen to them, trust them, and most importantly, love them. But realise that even though one day, you’ll have to do this thing called “life” all on your own, they will always be by your side, no matter where in the world you end up.