As we grow up, it’s inevitable that we learn from our experiences and mistakes (especially in makeup/fashion, as I learnt the hard way)! I don’t know about you, but I often find myself pondering over everything I’ve been through, and what it’s all taught me. That’s why I thought this week, it would be interesting to think about these lessons and realisations in a bit more depth. I was actually really surprised as to how many I could think of. Some are serious, some are more trivial, some you may relate to and others are more personal to me. Either way, I hope it makes an interesting read! So without further ado, her are 60 things I wish I could tell my younger self:
1. Social media will never solve your problems.
2. Your mental health won’t improve until you respect your body and mind equally.
3. Stop worrying about your body; you haven’t even finished growing yet.
4. Bra fittings are important.
5. The brown lip-gloss and purple eyeshadow combination will never look nice.
6. Your skin tone is not, and never will be ‘sand’, however much Dream Matte Mousse you apply.
7. Life is too short for uncomfortable heels.
8. Periods are nothing to be embarrassed about.
9. Your year 8 ‘history timeline’ certainly isn’t worth stressing over.
10. Be upfront about how you feel.
11. If someone upsets you, tell them – whether it’s a stranger, parent, teacher, friend or anyone else.
12. Smile at strangers even if they don’t smile at you.
13. If you must fake tan your legs, fake tan your feet as well.
14. Never do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable in order to ‘fit in’.
15. Don’t suffer in silence, physically or mentally.
16. Going to the Doctor’s is rarely as bad as you think it will be.
17. Acknowledge negative thoughts, but don’t let them define you.
18. 2 litres of water per day will change your life.
19. Alcohol is only fun when you’re in a good mood.
20. Physical and mental health are a team.
21. Revise well in advance.
22. Don’t take it personally when people treat you badly – it’s only a projection of their own feelings.
23. Teachers are human beings. Speaking and being honest with them will benefit you both.
24. Standing up for yourself won’t make people hate you.
25. When it comes to success at school, self-care is equally as important as working hard.
26. Learn from your mistakes.
27. Most successful people start out by feeling like a loser.
28. Keep your friends close.
29. However much you try to, you will never enjoy cardio. Just do something else.
30. Physical strength becomes mental strength.
31. You are the only thing that has the power to make you feel bad.
32. Don’t ever skip medication.
33. Life is too short to feel guilty for eating nice food.
34. A determined attitude is not everything, but it is powerful.
35. Don’t stress over your indecisiveness – use it to your advantage.
36. Your journey is yours and everyone else’s is theirs.
37. Comparing yourself to others is useless; everyone has unique strengths and weaknesses.
38. Get your split ends trimmed regularly.
39. School-College-Uni-Job isn’t the only successful/viable life path.
40. Following your passions will make you feel more alive than anything else.
41. Work hard to be financially independent.
42. Do whatever you want at the gym and never feel self-conscious; nobody is looking.
43. Get up earlier.
44. Don’t pretend you don’t care about your Mam’s opinion, because you do.
45. Don’t let heartbreak stop you from loving wholeheartedly and without fear.
46. Learn to recognise confirmation bias in yourself.
47. You are the only person who can save yourself.
48. Don’t let PE put you off exercise.
49. Let yourself feel every emotion your heart desires; they exist for a reason.
50. Stop pretending you don’t enjoy Maths.
51. Taking a day to just look after yourself is more than ok.
52. The night out is not worth having to go into work hungover.
53. Don’t underestimate the power of 9-10 hours sleep at night.
54. Don’t underestimate the power of a good breakfast, either.
55.Your eyebrows look ridiculous.
56. Try to look after you nails.
57. Stop stressing about your exams; it won’t change the result.
58. Resitting is not the end of the world.
59. Always put your phone down an hour before bed.
60. It’s ok to be socially awkward – just own it.