In honor of turning 25 and seeing all the back to school posts, here is a list of things I wish I knew in my teen years.

  • Don't let anyone else define you. If you have a best friend then be their friend, but always remember that you are your own person. Don't let them tell you what to like, or who to be friends with.
  • Enjoy your free time. It doesn't last that long. You may get vacations before or after college but nothing beats the two months off you get for summer.
  • Relationships are the last thing that should be on your mind. If you feel you HAVE to have one, don't be super serious. People grow and change and things don't always last forever.
  • Don't let anyone take advantage of you. Respect yourself and don't do anything just because everyone else is.
  • Hang out with your grandparents as much as possible. Even if it's just watching tv with them. They can teach you a lot about life. Even if they don't remember you, you will carry memories those forever.
  • Try hard in school, it's not that difficult.
  • If your parents seem like they hate you, they don't it's just they want the best for you.
  • Make sure you have a better future for yourself. If you have parents that don't care what you do and it upsets you, don't worry about making them proud.
  • If you are going to drink or do drugs, be SAFE. Don't just do it because you feel someone will like you or it will make you cool. It can harm you or someone else.
  • Do things you are interested in. If you want to get out of your box, do it. Life is too short to not do what you love.
  • Be nice to your siblings, you only have so many. Build important relationships with them. They are lifelong friends.
  • Be body positive and love yourself. Don't worry about if you're "too skinny" or "too fat" just be healthy.
  • If you feel awkward about yourself, just know everyone else feels that way.
  • Go to school events with your friends and have fun. Don't sit at home, as an adult when you have a full time job or career those fun times only come around here and there.
  • SAVE MONEY! If you have a job or anything learn to save money. Good spending habits will benefit you in the future when managing money for rent, car payments, and any other bills.
  • Don't stress if you fail at something. Make sure to try until you get it right.
  • Know that you don't mess everything up. We all make mistakes, sometimes things just don't work out.
  • Don't sacrifice how you feel for anyone. Many people will tell you you're wrong for feeling a certain way but follow your gut instinct. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
  • Don't get upset or mad because things aren't going your way. We all have to be told what to do or how to act by our parents or guardians. One day you will be able to make your own choices.
  • If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, depressed, violent, etc. TALK TO SOMEBODY. There is always help. It does get better.

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