I’ve been an adult for a little while now and have spent some time learning a little bit about just what that means. Having said that, though, I’ve also had time to reflect on my time spent as a teenager. So here’s a few things I wish I knew back then.
1. People will bitch and backstab and gossip. As will you. Don’t take it to heart.
2. Work hard and save as much as you can. Trust me, you’ll need it.
3. Everyone has struggles. Everyone has their shit. Some just hide it better than others.
4. You don’t have to do things or squash yourself down just to fit in.
5. Before you stress about something, consider if it’ll matter in five years’ time.
6. Take pictures. Every chance you get. Everyone you love. You will treasure them.
7. It’s okay to not like things everyone else likes. And vice versa.
8. It doesn’t matter if you’re popular, unpopular or somewhere in between. It doesn’t make a blind bit of difference the minute you’re out of school and into the real world.
9. Find your passion and don’t let anyone laugh at you for it.
10. It’s okay to not know what you want to do with your life. I’ve already changed the career I was working towards three times, and gone back into education twice since A-Levels.
11. Honesty really is the best policy. People value it and you’ll value it in other people.
12. No one has it all figured out. I don’t now, and I doubt I will when I’m 80. That’s just life, I guess.