10 Things I Wish My 18 Year Old Self Knew
Hello everyone. The other evening I was chatting to my man-child about things I use to do as a teen. One story particularly made him laugh, the time I broke the law by drink driving. That night I decided that my date for the evening was far too drunk to drive me home, so logically it would be safer if I drove the car. This is despite the fact that I was also drunk and didn’t have my own driving licence.
*Note the funny bit about the story was me bunny hopping the car along the road at a paltry 10 mph all the way home.*
My boy said he would like to have met 18 yr old Tracey as she sounded quite cool. And I have to agree I really was cool (except the drink drive thing, that was obviously a very uncool thing to do). Although I didn’t realise it at the time.
I was reminded of this thought yesterday when I saw one of those ‘What I Would Tell My Younger Self’ articles online. It got me thinking about what I would tell 18-year-old Tracey. The obvious things that come to mind are big life decisions, leave home, follow your nursing training and don’t marry the short arsehole from Bristol.
However as much as these things might have made me happier at the time, they would have led to a different life than I have today. There are little things however that I think my 18-year-old self could have benefitted from knowing So this is my top 10 pieces of advice to my younger self.
1) You’re Not Fat
You’re not plump, chunky, chubby or any of the things you think right now. But actually as I write this I want to add something else. Even if you WERE fat that wouldn’t matter. Your worth as a person should never be defined by the numbers on a set of scales or a tape measure. And whatever weight you end up being there will be people out there who think you’re really hot.
2) Blue Hair Rocks
Seriously, hairdressers and other well-meaning people will try for years to convince you to go for subtle colour changes. Don’t listen to them, go with your heart and wear the blue (or pillar box red or bright purple). These colours will not only bring out the colour of your eyes, they will reflect the inner you. And you will look awesome.
3) Those Girls Liked You
You know the ones, the girls who are way cooler than you. The ones you assume let you hang around with them because as well as being cool they’re really nice people. Well you’re wrong. They don’t just tolerate you, they actually like you. Further more they will continue to like you as you get older, and even in your 40s (and beyond) you will be friends.
4) You Will Never Regret Your Tattoos
Tattoos will be a big thing in the future, and loads of ladies will have them. Despite what mum thinks you won’t suddenly wake up aged 40 something and think ‘what did I do that for?’ On a side note, never trust a tattooist that doesn’t have a good few weeks waiting list. THAT bit you will regret.
5) You’re Smart
I mean really smart. You don’t believe this at the moment because you have grown up with an exceptionally bright sibling. However you have an IQ that puts you in the top 5% of the population and that is not to be sniffed at.
6) You Will Never Like The Taste Of Beer
Or wine, larger or any spirit that doesn’t have a ton of pop in it. You are simply not one of life’s drinkers. So put down that bottle of Newcastle Brown that you’re not enjoying save yourself some money and buy a glass of cola instead.
7) It’s Not Your Fault
You might think I’m about to divulge some terrible future event now, but that’s not the case. Actually I’m talking about the small stuff. If someone is a bit grumpy one day it’s not your fault. If they forget to call you it’s not your fault. If something didn’t go quite the way someone expected that’s not your fault……
Are you getting the idea here. You can’t hold yourself responsible for everybody elses happiness or behaviour. Most of the time other peoples moods or behaviour will be caused by something totally unrelated to you. And even in later years when someone is a dick and tries to blame you for their mood or behaviour it’s still NOT YOUR FAULT!
8) Wear Sun Cream
You have skin the colour of lard, you will burn. You will never in your life get a tan, your only options are dazzling white, white or lobster red. If there is the slightest chance of sun with temperatures over 16 degrees slap on the factor 50.
9) Being Different Is Okay
You feel like you’re quite different from most people, and you’re right. However what you don’t appreciate yet is its okay to be different. Later in your life someone will try to take away your uniqueness. Molding you into a grey old before your time shell of your real self. However the uniqueness will always be there, and in later years you will meet a fabulous bunch of people who embrace their own and other Peoples uniqueness. They are called steampunks and they are your people.
10) You Are Worthy
The hardest lesson you will learn in life, and one that will require constant confirmation from yourself. So I’m giving you a mantra to recite from an early age. You are worthy of love. You are worthy of friendships. You are worthy of happiness.
So that is the advice I would give a younger me. What would you want your younger self to know?
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