Don’t go out with assholes. Study more. Why do you need to go clubbing three nights a week?! Stay away from JDs (somebody should have really told me that one).
Okay, what would you really say to your young self? Is it not true that you have to experience certain things when you’re growing up? Figure it out by trial and error? Learn from your mistakes? Blah, blah, blah?
I used to think I was the smartest person in the world. Had myself all figured out. All at the ripe old age of 16. Parents? They clearly didn’t understand what I was going through and just wanted to be strict about going out with my friends and coming home late. The injustices were just too horrendous to bear.
In a way, I don’t think there’s anything we could say to our young selves to drill it into our heads that when parents or older people tell us not to do certain things, it is because they understand. They’ve been through shit. They’ve experienced so much more in life. I mean, come on, give them some respect. There has to be something good about getting old.
Eh heh, I kid.
But my point is that as I did get older, I realized how much of what they had said to me was sage advice. How important it was to wake up for school (I blame the insomnia), and spend more time with family and less time grindin’ .. I mean, socializing in da club.
In my opinion, even though kids will often ignore what they’re being told at the moment, I believe it still has an impact down the road when it all starts finally sinking into their brains. So don’t throw your hands up in the air just yet, parental units!
As for Little Janice, there’s a lot that she could have done differently. But in the end, kids will be kids. Their brains are not designed to think about the future, to not be impulsive and in the moment. So I think I won’t be too hard on her. She didn’t turn out too bad in the end ;)
Take a few minutes to ask yourself: If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself one thing, what would you tell? And What’s something you changed your mind about when you grew older? Write a post about it, share it in the comment box below, or just keep it to yourself ;)