Then one of my nieces asked me if I could go back in time and do high school over, would I? My first response was absolutely not. I'm to old and tired to got through all that again. I know it's the really important lessons I have learned over 40+ years of living, where I learned through things like heartache, hard work, pain, selfishness or making mistakes. As it turns out, this answer was unacceptable. I was told to think of at least ONE moment/day or event I would do differently. It's hard to pick just one so I think I would go back and tell my younger self that NOTHING is EVER as good or as BAD as it seems in the heat of the moment. I would remind myself not to make permanent decisions based on temporary feelings.
( I would also invest in Microsoft)
Here's a few answers I got from asking a few friends what they would say...
DeNae I would tell myself to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Stay fit, eat right. If she could see me at the time I was giving the advice, she'd understand the warning!
Stacie I'd tell myself that my skin (acne) WILL get better. It was so bad I thought I'd never have a clear looking face. I felt doomed
Natalie I would tell myself, "Your not as fat as you think. Just wait until after you have had four kids." Okay, maybe that's not such a good thing to tell a 16 year old.
Kimberly Stay out of the sun (haha), eat better and most all - YOU ARE WONDERFUL AND DON'T EVER FORGET IT! (build that self esteem!)
Barbara Dream big, we have more power to change our lives and the lives of others than we think, but it all starts with a dream.
Becky Don't worry so much about what other people think. You are awesome and you can do anything you want. Be yourself, eat better, exercise, listen to your parents, and be confidant.
Anita I'd tell myself to get some better fitting clothes, so I don't look ridiculous in all those pictures years later.
Jessica I wrote a blog post about this awhile ago. I'd tell myself to stop mooning over that worthless boy because I am so
Cynthia Nielson Bee That no matter how ugly and fat you THINK you are, you'll probably never be better looking. Wait! That's a dose of reality that probably wouldn't be received to well. Scratch that!
Melissa Griffiths That boy DOES NOT love you. You will not marry him, regardless of how in love you are, and being cheated on isn't just part of life. Better things come to those who wait, so just wait for real love down the road. Save yourself some heartbreak. LOL. Oh HS loves.
Elisa Reach out to others. They're feeling as awkward and self conscious as you. Walk across the lunchroom and sit with "that" group-- because when you get to be 40 and ARE real friends with some of "that" group, you will all lament how much
April Dear 16 year old self. You are way hotter than you think you are.. you could own the dating world if you knew it! Get the waver (New Wave) hair cut so you look like Molly Ringwald! Color your hair like you wanted to! Go for the solo in choir. It isn't about you it's something they are dealing with let them own it.
If you could go back in time and give your younger self a bit of advice,
would you do it?
If so, what would you say?
would your younger self even listen?