A Note To Our Younger Selves: The Honest Confessions Of An Older Generation!
Recently, with my 20th birthday looming around very closely around the corner, I’ve been thinking about all of the advice that I would give to my younger self, which then prompted me to ask my friends the same question. I really liked the responses that this question prompted, so here is a blog post of all of the advice both myself and my friends would give to the younger generations.
“Love yourself and don’t worry about what other people think” – This is an invaluable piece of advice, honestly the less time you spend caring about what other people think of you, the less stressed you will be. Just be the person you want to be!
“Moisturise more” – This surprising Mean Girlsesque gem, came from one of my male friends, however yet again it’s invaluable. You only get one skin for life, you need to take care of it. Make sure that you have a good skin care routine early on in life, as your skin will thank you for it later in life (hopefully by looking younger).
“Start watching TV shows earlier” – This is invaluable on SO many levels! The sooner you start watching the TV shows, the less time you will spend binge watching them once they end up on Netflix. If you see a TV show that you like the look of starting, WATCH IT!
“Don’t go to Lost Prophets Gigs” – I’m not really sure of the reasoning behind this one, as I’ve never been to a Lost Prophets gig, but apparently this is invaluable advice, so I’ll keep it here.
“Don’t use Live XXL blonde hair dyes” – I learnt from this the hard way, I had naturally blonde hair, dyed it brown, and then decided that I wanted to go back to blonde again, however, Blonde was not the hair colour that I received. Only use this dye if you would like orange hair.
“Don’t watch Michael Bay movies” – This piece of advice, I didn’t really understand, As Michael Bay has some great movies, but it was thrown in, so I’ll add it.
“There’s time later on in life for boys and relationships, use your youth to focus on and find out about yourself” – Boyfriends/Girlfriends, are not all that they are cracked up to be, whilst your young, you have so much pressure on you, without the added pressure of relationships. Use your youth as a time to focus on yourself and get yourself to where you want to be and a place where you are happy, before you decide to add someone else into the mix.
“Your brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 24. You’re going to make mistakes, a lot of them. Consider the possibility though, that your mistakes are actually lessons.” – Mistakes are basically what your young life is for, it’s okay to make mistakes, this is how we learn about things, everyone makes them, so as long as you learn from your mistakes, don’t panic!
“Facebook is NOT your diary, people do not want to know that Lisa in maths has P***** you off so much that you cried today” – Keep the cringe off of Facebook, it will only annoy your friends, Literally my own parents threatened to unfriend me at 14 because I was terrible. If you have an issue with someone, say it to them. Don’t indirectly facebook, tumblr or tweet about it, it will only cause more long term trouble.
“Everything is going to be okay. You’re going to lose people, get your heart broken, feel alone, and totally depressed. Nothing is ever permanent, so next time you’re wrapped up in thoughts of how awful everything is – visualize the way you want things to be instead. Eventually, the tide will turn and life will be more amazing than you ever thought possible.” – This needs no further explanation.
I hope this advice has proven useful for someone!
As always thank you for reading!
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