I was going to do one of those ‘New Year New Me’ posts, but honestly, I’m probably still going to be the same coffee loving, grumpy, girl, I was last year. As my birthday was on 4th January, why not do ‘Dear Younger Me’! I mean I have so many things I’d love to tell my younger self, and I’ve seen this post done so much and loved it, so, here goes!
Another year has gone, another year older, and I’m now *gulps* 20. For some reason, saying I’m 20 seems so much more responsible and adult than me saying I’m 19, like being 20 has this rush of responsibility that just comes with it.
I’ve been on this earth now for 20 years, which is a pretty long time. And over the past few years, not only have I been having the time of my life with adulthood independence, but, I’ve realised a few things, that I wish I could tell younger me, but considering I don’t have a neighbour called Peter who conveniently has a Flux Capacitor (side note if you get that, high 5 you’re my kind of person, if not, welcome to the world of Busted, click to enjoy) I can’t travel back in time to tell my younger self. So, I’m going to tell all of you lovely lot and hope maybe some of my younger readers can learn from what I now know, or can just have a laugh, I mean come on, who doesn’t love looking at baby photos of people?
As we go on the journey of life, we learn a lot of things, develop as a person, make incredible friendships and memories, and undoubtedly wish we could turn back time on some of the things we have done. So this is what I say to my younger self….
- Family means everything, especially your younger brother. Treasure him. You might fight, and as you grow up you certainly will fight constantly, but when you need him the most he will always be there to cheer you up with his comical one-liners, and views on the world.
- Love and respect your parents and grandparents– although sometimes it may seem like they’re ‘ruining your fun’ and stopping you from doing everything that you want to do, remember, they have lived a lot longer than you, and the chances are they say everything for a reason. Listen to them, learn from them, and most of all, take every opportunity to thank them and show your love and appreciation for them.
- Some people are complete idiots, and you will come across so many idiots in your life. Stay true to who you are, don’t try and change for anyone, because you are so perfect in your own way.
- Surround yourself with positivity. At times you’re going to feel down, but take a look at the situation, are you really down, or are you just being dragged down by the negativity around you.
- You won’t get everything your own way. Growing up you will be mummy and daddy’s little princess (duh I still am a princess of course), and they will spoil you with everything. Well when you get to the real world, be prepared to not have everything, and make sure you are grateful for what you have because there are so many people who have so much less than you.
- Boy bands will take over your life, treasure it. I’m so sure that most teenage girls go through a phase where they are obsessed with boy bands, girl bands, singers etc. Well for me it was 100% boy bands, one in particular, One Direction. (side note, I am still completely in love with One Direction, who isn’t?) Treasure all the times you spend with your friends at concerts, meeting the artists, listening to music. These are honestly the best memories of your life.
- The world is a cruel place. The world we live in is filled with hatred and anger, be the best person you can be, try and always give a smile to someone because it could be something that small that makes their day.
- Live every day how you want. Don’t sit and question whether you should do something, do it. Don’t be the person who looks back in 50 years time and regrets everything.
- Everything happens for a reason. Live by this saying!!!! The world is a strange place, and everything happens for a reason. Just remember that when bad things happen to you because they are there to make you stronger.
- And finally, It’s okay to not be okay. Don’t try and suffer alone, the best help is a hug of a friend or family member.
And on a much lighter note, here are some baby pictures of me!