I've been meaning to write a post like this, ever since I first put it on my 50 Creative Blog Post Ideas back a few years ago. With all the lessons learned and wisdom accumulated in my (short) life, I think I'm finally ready to address "Teenage Me" and make a list of 18 Things I'd Tell My 18 Year Old Self.
Nothing is set in stone, and you're never going to be able to predict the turns that life is going to take. Things get easier if you embrace the fact that nothing is going to stay the same for long.
Kiss your dog. She won't be around forever.
Your mom is always right, just accept it already. You'll appreciate her even more when you do.
You will get mono, and it will suck. Kiss your enemies. Make out with them right in their stupid faces.
If he tells you he loves you on the night you meet him, run. Not many guys your age will buy you pizza for no reason. When he asks for you to come over to watch a movie, he usually means something else. But of course you already knew that.
Try not to regret things. Turn unfortunate experiences into stories or lessons instead.
Enjoy Fireball Whiskey while you still can. When you're my age, even the smell of it will make you want to dry heave.
Think before you speak. You might hurt someone, including yourself if you don't.
Not everyone is going to be your friend, but that's okay. The sooner you realize that, the better.
Moving in with someone can ruin your friendship.
Though sweet, revenge isn't always worth it. Often times you'll end up feeling worse about the situation (or yourself) after your plan is executed.
There are plenty of mistakes left to make. Don't rush them.
Go to the party. Even if you feel awkward at first, you'll have fun.
Go on the date. Even if it sucks, the story will make your friends laugh.
Don't ruin a good mistake by failing to learn from it.
Take lots and lots of pictures.
Look around you. Take it all in. Remember the faces and the names and the feelings. Too often we overlook the details.
And most importantly, I'm proud of you. Take care of yourself. Give yourself time to rest and tune out and heal when your need it. Don't stress so much, you'll get everywhere you need to be in due time.
What would you tell your younger self?