I recently watched some home movies with the fam. One of which was of my 18th birthday and I have to say, I was somewhat horrified by what I saw… a rather chubby, ungrateful brat, with a serious need of a makeover. Okay, I might be being ever so slightly harsh on my looks, but the personality was seriously lacking in sparkle. It’s funny really, because although parents are notorious for relaying how vile our teenage years were, it’s not until we’re out the other side (and watching it on TV!) that we can truly appreciate just how horrid we were. I honestly couldn’t even recognise myself and it got my thinking, if only I could go back to that girl now and tell her a few home truths.
1. Babes, have you ever heard of dressing for your shape?
Clearly not! It wasn’t until second year of uni that I really started to understand how to put a look together. Before that it was like a fashion crime scene, smeared in bright orange fake tan. I’d love to be able to sit myself down and teach myself a thing or two or perhaps just hit the shops.
2. Your Parents Are Amazing.
This is a major one! I really think my rents are totally awesome. Yes at 16 I found them embarrassing, I guess most of us did! But I wish I could remind myself of how kind, generous and hilarious they both are. No matter what, they’re always there for my brother and I and they’re the most important people in the world.
3. Get ya’ butt to the gym. Your current self will look and feel better and your future self (me) will thank you for it!
4. Be kind.
Karma is a bitch and I truly believe that what goes around comes around. So be kind and going back to my earlier point, be especially kind to your family. Cause it will bite you in the butt if not.
5. Who Cares About The In Crowd!
I spent years worrying about what people thought of me and wanting to be friends with the so called ‘popular crowd’. How I’d love to go back and say to myself, “who bloody cares”. In the last couple of years, I would say I’ve finally accepted myself for who I am. That’s not to say I don’t want to change and improve things, of course I do. But I happy in my own skin and I only have space for real friends in my life. If I’d have only accepted that from day one, I’d have probably saved myself a lot of ball ache, but as they say… hindsight is a great thing.
6. And speaking of the popular crowd, keep your eyes on those geeks.
These peeps will have transformed into pretty hot guys/gals, with great jobs and flashy cars. Need I remind you of Neville Longbottom? Look at that geek now (insert heart eye emoji).
7. Everything Will Be Okay.
You spend so much of your teenage years worrying. Will I meet a boy? Will I get into uni? What am I going to be when I grow up? Do I fit in? I wouldn’t want to tell myself exactly how my journey has turned out so far, but I wish I could tell myself (and my rents) that everything will turn out okay in the end.
8. Do me a favour and start blogging mate.
This point probably only makes sense if you caught up with my latest post, but if you did… a girl can dream ay.