Being a teenager can be so hard. You feel no one really understands you, and sometimes it can get out of control for many. Luckily I was a responsible teenager. I didn’t get a lot of trouble and had great grades all through high school. I got my GCSEs a year earlier than my peers, and had the opportunity to go to university at the age of 16. Actually I went in few months to my 16th birthday.
I was quite young but very intelligent and street smart for my age. So I handled university quite well.
I read posts like this a lot on other blogs and I like them because they make you reflect and think deep. I would love to sit 16-year-old self down, and tell her a lot of things but these 16 things are the top on the list.
- Know your worth, and don’t settle for anything less than what you want.
- Shine bright like a diamond, never let anyone dull your shine.
- Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.
- Embrace your strengths and your weaknesses. They make you who you are.
- Focus on your studies, so your grades don’t drop.
- Go for a university degree you have an interest in.
- Have a bit of fun. You are young only once.
- Take care of your skin. Drink more glasses of water and don’t sleep with your makeup on.
- Pay attention to your hair care. Stop wearing hair styles that destroy your hair-line, and get rid of the relaxers that break your hair.
- Learn how to drive, so your 30-year-old self doesn’t have to worry.
- Pay more attention to your skills and improve them.
- Get rid of toxic relationships/friendships. They are not needed.
- Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.
- Start a blog.
- You know the difference between right and wrong, always stick with the right.
- Relax, everything would be fine in the end.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
This is such a good post and so true! All the little things we worried about when we were 16 are nothing now! Might write one for my sister when she’s that age 🙂
Wow well done for your achievements in going to uni early/ getting your exams done early too. I wish I could tell myself to not let anyone come before your family and although not to plan everything do think to the future because it will come around quick enough x
This is great. I’d definetely tell myself to get rid of toxic friendships x
Thanks Kerry x
Great post! I think I would tell my 16 year old self all of these as well. And also not to be so quick to grow up, when you’re a teen you think your parents don’t know what their talking about and you just can’t wait to be 18-21 or older so you can move out and be on your own. I’d tell my self that being an adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be so get ready, enjoy being a teen cause life is gonna get REAL! Lol
Yea I was in a hurry to grow up too..Lol.
Love this! I kind of wish I’d started a blog younger too, but I can also imagine the cringe factor, so maybe not!!
Lol..I know. The cringe factor would have been epic for me.
I do love these posts – I often think that I can migrate my brain into my kids’ heads so they make the right decisions and always try their best, but we have to let fate take its course don’t we? 😉
Glad you do. Thanks for stopping by.
Gosh – so many things I’d tell myself I wouldn’t know where to start listing them! This is a great list.
I would tell myself to look after my skin more too and drink more water.
What a positive post and how amazing that you go to do all that at such a young age (and do it successfully). I am not sure what I would tell my 16 year old self. I certainly didn’t have your confidence and was very naive! I think I would tell her that it is okay to make mistakes and not to take any notice of what other people think or say!
What a lovely post Stella. You are so right. I would tell myself to be more confident. I was always shy but being shy made loose out on lots of fun things with not having the confidence to go get them..
I would tell her ”Gal you are going to have to go through alot of sh*t to find out who you really are and to get to peace and happiness”
Having had a messed up childhood which meant I was dysfunctional anyway at 16 cos of, it’s kind of hard to think of anything else I could tell her. It’s been 1 hell of a roller coaster.
I am sure many 16 year olds would need to hear this.
Great post – my daughter is 17 and these are all points that I think are so important for her to remember. Kaz x
Thanks Kaz x
Beautiful tips. You have said it all. Will just adopt these wonderful tips for my grandchildren lol. Love your blog – very educative.
I would tell myself to learn how to drive too. I regret not doing it so much
Lovely post! I wish I had learned to drive younger too
I would tell myself to follow my dreams and that the boy was bad news!!
I’d tell myself all of these… Especially about the toxic relationships and friendships and I’d certainly take better care of my skin. Great post! xx
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Me, I would say, play a little bit more………
Thanking you xo
I really didn’t have a clue when I was 16, the first thing I would tell myself would not to be so self destructive!
Yea I was sort of clueless myself.
This is such a great post! I also started writing a letter to my teenage self and it was so emotional for me! We just don’t know what it’s all about do we? Thanks for sharing
Thanks for reading Donna.
Vey wise words – driving is something I am pleased I did when I was younger. My letter would be focused on staying in college and following career dreams
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