Unlike a lot of people, I was actually one of those girls that loved going to school. Don’t get me wrong, some of the lessons didn’t half bore me to death but in general it was never a place I hated going. Saying that, there are so many things I would love to tell my teenage self (ya know, all the things your mum told you that you ignored because you thought you knew best?…)
1) Not everybody is going to like you, and that’s ok.
This is so bloody important. Yes Sarah, you’ve always been the kind of girl to get on with everybody, talk to just about anybody who will listen and moving schools around 8 times when you were younger meant making friends was thankfully never a difficult task. It’s natural to care what people think about you, especially at such a young age but just because one person has fallen out with you, does not mean the whole world is against you, drama queen… It’s important to remember that every single person in the world has a completely different personality, and not all of them are going to fit alongside yours. You will soon find an amazing bunch of people who you will instantly bond with, and then it honestly won’t matter that the girl you’ve never spoken to apparently doesn’t like you. Her loss anyway, am I right??
2) Not getting a full set of A* results does not mean you aren’t going to be successful.
Please don’t even get me started on how much you will begin to loathe the education system. The constant drilling of having to do exceptionally well to get into university, get amazing jobs and to do well in life is draining. Some people just suck at exams (and I’m afraid you will be one of them – sorry!). Justifying everybody by the same exam when everybody’s mind works in different ways is just absurd. The only thing you should be aiming to do is your best. Motivation, drive and lots of determination will take you very far in this world, I promise!
3) Save your money!
I say this as the 20 year old girl who decided she would love to move out but will never have sufficient funds to do so. Honestly, how do people afford all off these adult bills? Buy a piggy bank. Put your pennies in. Save that god damn money. That pair of Louboutin’s you have wanted for so long are not going to pay for themselves I’m afraid!
4) Don’t wish your life away.
You may think you can’t wait to turn 18 & 21, but trust me on this one, you can. Cherish all the moments you have when you’re younger, no bills, no responsibilities, they’re the best years ever. Enjoy not having to spend all your wages on Jager bombs, that time will come. Enjoy school, and most of all enjoy seeing your friends everyday!!! When they all go to university you will realise how much you took for granted them always being around.
5) Regardless of what you may think, you are not always right.
Slightly hypocritical maybe, for the girl who would realise her point is wrong and still continue to argue the point, but hey ho. When your mum tries to steer you away from blonde highlights, Helly Hanson jackets, chino’s and multiple bad hair choices, please for the love of god just listen to her. She does actually have your best interests at heart whether you think she’s just being mean or not.