I can’t believe I actually wrote that title, reminds me that I’m not a teenager anymore! I just turned 20 last month and it has been an entire year since I graduated high school. Those four years were definitely not the best years of my life like some people say. Although it hasn’t been long, I can’t stress enough how much better I feel now that I’m out. There were a lot of things I learned in high school, but I wish I could tell my teenage self these from the very beginning.
1 – Don’t worry what people think of you
I know, easier said than done. It’s human nature to care what others think, but they’re probably wondering what people think of them at the same time.
2 – get a job as early as you can.
I got my first job at the beginning of senior year and it has helped so much. It helped me cover new clothes, makeup, my phone bill, and prom! I wish that I tried harder to get a job at the beginning of high school. You don’t want to work too much during the school year, but you should definitely take advantage of the summer.
3 – Time flies by faster each year.
Senior year was my favorite school year and it seems like it never even existed. It went by so quick, so enjoy it!
4 – Grades aren’t more important than your mental health.
I wasn’t that great of a student, getting mostly Cs and 5 absences every quarter, but I still tried enough to pass. I had no intentions of going to college, so I was just doing what I could to graduate.
If it’s 1 in the morning and you’re still studying for that huge test you have the next day, go to bed! You’re barely going to remember anything you studied if you don’t get any sleep.
5 – Don’t get sucked into the pressure.
Peer pressure wasn’t an issue for me, because I had really good friends around me. It was more the pressure I put on myself to figure out what the fuck I wanted to do with my life. All so I could have an answer for other people, not because I wanted to know for myself. I was more of a ‘go with the flow’ type person and a few people weren’t having it. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to ignore what people had to say about my future and do what I felt was right for me.
At the end of the day, you’re the only one who’s going to walk in your shoes, so go the path you want to go.
6 – No one is gonna remember your embarrassing moments.
If we’re being real, I don’t think anyone’s going to remember in a few years.
7 – your social anxiety isn’t going to ruin your life.
I missed out on a lot of opportunities because of it, but I don’t believe in regrets, so I’m not going to say that I wish I would’ve faced my fears. I just wish I knew that it was going to get better at the time.
8 – Avoid drama.
It’s not worth it, at all.
9 – gym isn’t that bad.
If I’m being honest, I’m just glad we weren’t forced to climb that rope you see in movies! That was my biggest concern throughout high school regarding gym. I wouldn’t have made it 5 feet off the ground.
10 – Don’t feel bad about having huge dreams and goals.
If anyone makes you feel guilty about being ambitious about your future, you might want to hold off sharing it with them. Your dreams are just too big in their eyes.
11 – HAVE FUN!
The teenage years goes by so fast. Enjoy it while you can!
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