This weekend I managed to watch three teen films from three decades (yes it was a wild one 🙂 – The Breakfast Club (80’s), Clueless (90’s) and Easy A (00’s). What’s really interesting is that if you take out the differences in clothes, hair and music, teens in each decade experienced the same issues.
It flashed me back to when I was a teenager and I wish I knew then what I know now. Here’s what I’d like to go back and tell my teenage self …
1. You will feel like you don’t fit in. You will worry about wearing the right cloths, how your hair looks and what that boy you fancy thinks about you but you should just enjoy being young, have fun and not let anyone make you feel unworthy. When you get older you realise, you should just be who you want to be.
2. There’s no need to worry about what everyone else is doing and think you’re a freak if you don’t follow suit especially relationship stuff. Take your time, don’t rush into anything because you think you should. They’ll all regret rushing it later on!
3. If you grew up in the eighties like me, you need to just smile at old pictures of yourself because we all looked pretty bad back then. Fashion mistakes are a necessary part of growing up.
4. It’s completely okay to secretly like that cheesy pop band that everyone swears they hate. They’re singing along with their hairbrushes in their rooms just like you are. (you will later witness a reunion of the band and realise just how many fond memories people have of the band – see Take That and Spice Girls).
5. Everyone feels lonely or depressed, you are not alone in feeling that way and throughout your life you will go through stages like that but you know what, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t look at other people and think they have amazing lives and are always happy, no-one’s life is perfect. We all have issues.
6. The way you plan your life as a may not actually happen when you become an adult because life can throw you some curve balls but embrace them, you may find it turns out better than you planned anyway.
I actually have a hard time realizing that I’m no longer a teenager, I’m classed as an adult eek. I think it’s useful to remember how you were then and make sure you inject some fun into your adult life. Slumber party anyone?! 🙂
What do you wish you could tell your teenage self?