Today is Show and Tell Tuesday with Andrea, and our topic is advice I would give to my high school self.
So knowing my high school self as well as I do, I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t even listen to advice from my 50 year old self. And I’m not going down the path of changing decisions that would alter where I am in life today. This is just some simple advise that may have made life a little better – and a little more fun.
First piece of advice: SAY THE WORDS!
I was really shy growing up and rarely talked to anyone but my close group of friends. I was the follower who would listen and laugh along in group conversations, but I never spoke up in class, never said hi to the cute guys or interesting girls I wanted to say hi to, never talked to my teachers, never asked about the plans people were making so I would be included, etc., etc., etc. I was just too afraid. I wish I could go back and tell myself to just be brave and say the words. Especially the simple “hi”.
Second piece of advice: LAUGH AT YOURSELF!
Embarrassing things happen, especially in high school. But very few things actually bring on the end of the world. So if something happens, just laugh about it. And maybe don’t be afraid to try things because something may go wrong, because you know, you can always just laugh about it.
Final piece of advice: APPRECIATE THE BODY YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW!
You know, the one with the knees that bend without cracking. The one with the silky soft hair and only one chin. The one that can sit on the floor for hours and still stand back up. Appreciate that body, and be kind to it. Feed it lots of fruit and vegetables, and maybe stay away from soda because it becomes addictive. Especially Mt. Dew. Stay away from Mt. Dew! Oh, and be brave and wear that bikini because it’s never gonna look better on you than it does right now.
Oh, and one more thing. DO NOT get that perm in 9th grade, you are going to regret it for the rest of your life.
Happy Tuesday everyone!