I must admit I was a pretty sad teenager! I didn’t know how to dress, I had no clue about hair, I had bad skin and no confidence, I worried too much about what my friends and boys thought, I truly believed that I was fat, and I was as quiet as a mouse! I wasn’t exactly a nerd…I was a square type of bogan who always had her nose stuck in a book and dreamed of being popular and dating the high school ‘bad boy’.
If I could give myself advise, it would be (and apologies in advance to my male audience as these are largely female related):
- There’s plenty of time for boys;
- You are NOT FAT and you ARE NOT UGLY!
- Don’t believe your Year 7 career councillor who says you aren’t smart enough;
- Getting that monthly ‘woman thing’ does not mean you are dying;
- Don’t smoke and drink because your friends or the boy you likes do;
- Believe in yourself!
- Use a hair dryer on your fringe…it really helps!
- Listen to people when they tell you to service your car and put water in it (Oops!);
- Pursue your writing, and stop making excuses;
- Travel, travel and travel – I know you will, but you can do more (and don’t let boys get in the way);
- Be nicer to your brother and sister; and
- There’s plenty of time for boys (I know – that’s a double up – but it’s a really important point to make my teenage self!).
What advise would you give your teenage self (and I’m posing this question to the men out there too)? Just keep it clean!