LIFESTYLE / THINGS I'D TELL MY TEENAGE SELF
At twenty-four, I know I have absolutely no right to say I’m old and I know I still have a hell of a lot to learn and a long journey (hopefully) ahead of me. However, my teenage years seem like another lifetime.
If I could have a chat with the teenage version of myself, here’s what I’d tell her:
"You have absolutely no idea what real love is"
You may think you are in love… but you are not. Definitely not. You will date a lot of losers, liars, and even some nice enough guys before you actually fall in love. Learn from every relationship you have and move on when you need to. Remember that every guy you date doesn't necessarily have to be your potential husband-to-be and try to take each relationship with a big pinch of salt.
“Quit spending all your money in Topshop”
Mum isn't telling you ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ over and over again for the fun of it. Unfortunately she is in fact right (and wrong at the same time but you know what I mean.) Spend less money on clothes that will last you for one season - if that - and please try to put a little bit of money away each month. Little do you know but you’ll one day be living in one of the most expensive cities in the world and will need those pennies so that you’re not eating beans on toast night after night.
"Stop doodling and pay attention!"
I know you probably don’t want to do your maths homework, and you will probably still leave your art coursework till the night before the hand-in-date and then rush it because you’re the world’s biggest procrastinator but... I'd recommend you stop drawing stars and hearts in your notepad and take some notes. Those notes will make it a hell of a lot less stressful to get the grades you need to go to college and then University. It’ll all pay off, trust me.
"Put the biscuits down will you"
Scoffing twelve biscuits before dinner when Mum isn't looking really isn't a great idea - as delicious as those bourbons are. The great metabolism that for some insane reason you think you have - which let me add, you don't have - will not last. It's taken me many years of yo-yo dieting to get over the damage you're doing and am now the best person to tell you the secret to our success; everything in moderation Jas.
"Trust me, they won't even matter in 365 days"
Put those tissues away and stop being so dramatic, it's not getting you anywhere. You will waste too many tears on people - both men and women - who firstly don't care about you and secondly, soon enough you won't care about them either. Instead, recognise which relationships are lasting and work really hard to maintain those. Look out for the people that stick by you and who embrace your quirks; cherish those people!
"You'll always be a bit weird, just embrace it"
You were a bit of a weird child, you're a weird-ish teen (even though you're desperately trying not to be) but just start embracing it because being 'weird' is in fact pretty damn cool. Who wants to be like everyone else? You'll soon learn that most people have quirky, unique things about them that are really appealing and set them apart. Your 'little things' will attract and intrigue people along the way so just roll with it.
P.S. Sorry for the lack of image collage, it'd be far too mortifying and soul-destroying to put teenage pictures of myself on the internet. Trust me, I'm saving us both here.