Younger Self: The Things I Wish I Knew Then That I Know Now
Hello everyone! It’s a new month, new mood, new agenda. Today’s post is a list of things I know now that I wish I knew when I was growing up, as they would’ve made my life much easier, and a lot less stressful. My life would’ve been way less complicated had I known all of these things as a teen, bus alas, maybe they’ll help some of you out there who are still finding your path in life.
– Your parents were never the enemy, they always want what’s best for you, even if you can’t see it.
– It’s okay to not have everything together, even in your early twenties. That’s what those years are for.
– Sometimes friendships end for good, and that’s okay.
– It’s always better to be the bigger person, no matter how much you want to go in all guns blazing.
– To not give up on your dreams, no matter how crazy. It’s that drive and motivation that keeps the spark of life alive.
– Mistakes are there to be made, no matter how much you mess up. Your brain isn’t fully developed until you’re 24, and even then, you’re entitled to make mistakes.
– To always yearn to learn more about the world, there’s SO much of it out there to see.
– To start a savings account as soon as you get your first job. The future will thank you for it.
– To fail at something isn’t the worst thing: failure drives you on to succeed EVEN more the next time around. And yes, there will be a next time.
– To work hard in school. As hard as possible, push it to the very limit. The more opportunities you have for your future, the better.
– Don’t judge things that you know nothing about. Pipe down, and be respectful.
– There is no such thing as karma. Don’t do good things just to expect good things in return. Bad things happen no matter how good we are: it’s just life, and we have to accept it, even if we don’t know why.
– Don’t say “yes” just to please those around you. You’re allowed to say no. I recommend practicing this, as it’s still one I struggle with at times.
– On the other hand, don’t be afraid to say yes to amazing opportunities. Don’t miss out because you’re scared! You’ll regret it, and nobody wants that.
– To get over your shyness. Be outgoing, spontaneous, bubbly, chatty, loud! People are drawn to individuals with these traits, which will make forming friendships a whole lot easier.
– If you love someone, TELL them. Don’t torture yourself with what could have been. Don’t do this after a break-up, either: you deserve better.
– To know your worth. If someone treats you like dirt, end that “friendship”. Your life and mental health will be much better for it!
– To appreciate the little things, they’re usually the most important.
– This one isn’t as deep, but it’s still relevant: drink water instead of crappy sodas. Your body, skin, and energy levels will thank you for it.
– To listen to your parents’ advice, 99% of the time, they’re right.
– To try new things. What’s the worst that could happen?
– To enjoy being a kid. Enjoy being carefree and silly, when your biggest worry was not being able to answer the last question in your maths homework. Don’t go out of your way to be “mature” and act like a grown-up: the reality of it ain’t all that flash!
– You’re never alone in how you feel. Someone, somewhere, experiences the same emotions as you as some point. Don’t forget this.
– To move on from the things that have hurt you. Dwelling on them will only hold you back. Keep on moving forward, to bigger and better things.
– To laugh. Laugh loud, and laugh a lot. It makes life so much better!
– To make the effort. With everything.
– I hate to end with a cliché, but everything ALWAYS turns out okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end. You have to have faith that things work out a certain way for a reason, and there are better things to come on your path. Trust it.
Have you got any advice for your younger self?