Wednesday, 1 June 2016

20 Things I Wish I Knew As a Teenager

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Okay, so technically I am still a teenager and even at the end of the year when I turn 18, I don't think I am suddenly going to be calling myself a fully blown adult, although I may be, I definitely don't feel it or for that matter- look it! ( I still look 12 which is kind of embarrassing) 

Anyway when I saw one of my blogging chums (Sorry I can never remember whose post I read and I read too many to trace it back) do a post like this a few weeks back, it made me chuckle but also reflect back at all the embarrassing things I used to do as a teenager. When I agreed with all the things they said in their post, I started to think of even more things. Let me tell you, this list kept going on and on...

So in true blogger style, I thought it was only appropriate that I share with you these things that I wish I knew as a teenager. Of course making amazing and cringey mistakes is completely normal and acceptable. But sometimes I look back and I think at all the things I worried about and how irrelevant they are now. Precious time wasted.

1. Nicole, American or camouflage leggings from Pilot are not a good idea. They are really in your face and a bit obnoxious if I am completely honest. 

2. Don't worry about what the year 11 girls are doing when you are in year 7. Don't try and be 'cool' by having the worlds smallest bag you couldn't even fit your pencil case in. Stick with your trusty punky fish bag, it's a whole lot more practical.

3. Your skin isn't going to get better. In fact, it's going to get worse. Don't be disheartened by the ads that claim how amazing their spot removal creams are yet they don't work for you. Everyone's skin is different.

4. At home hair dye kits will always make your hair go back to the same colour- an amalgamation of every hair colour going! Dying your hair is time consuming and expensive. But really fun at the same time!

5. It's okay that you didn't start wearing makeup till you were 16. You really don't need to wear foundation to school. At the end of the day, you are there to learn about parts of volcanoes, how to find the right angle of a triangle and other useless facts. It's not a beauty pageant.

6. Equally don't stress about non-school uniform days. They really mean nothing at the end of the day.

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7. Don't sit and spend your evenings arguing with people on MSN. It's pointless and a waste of time. Seriously Nicole stop it...

8. Don't stop eating Nicole. Your body needs food. You're not fat, don't think you are fat. The hours you spent obsessively weighing yourself were a waste of time.

9. It's okay that you didn't have a boyfriend at school. At the age of 12, they mean nothing. You will be glad later on that you didn't waste valuable energy worrying about them.

10. Although revision is great. Sometimes, Nicole, you need a break. Breaks are important for your emotional wellbeing- don't let studying take over your life. 

11. Friends move away. It can seem like the end of the world. Trust me it's not. You make new friends and the world keeps turning.

12. It's not the quantity of friends you have but the quality.

13. Not everyone is going to like you. This is okay. The sooner you accept this fact, the happier you will be.

14. Dressing up as an old granny and posting videos on YouTube with your friends- was probably not the best idea you ever had.

15. Not everyone is nice and not everyone is as loving as you are. Where possible ignore the silly stupid things they stay to you. At the end of the day, they mean nothing.

16. A shorter skirt isn't going to make you a better person. Period.

17. You should never give up your hobbies in the fear of being embarrassed or ashamed because of what others may think of you.

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18. You will always be shy and an introvert. When teachers constantly tell you to put your hand up more in class and you don't... Don't worry this won't negatively affect you in the future.

19. Take all the opportunities you are given. They help create precious memories that stay with you for life.

20. It's okay not to have your life planned out. Nobody does. If they say they do, they are lying. No one knows what's going to happen within an hours time let alone 10 years 

And there we have 20 things I wish I knew when I was a teenager. Being a teenager is fab (most of the time). We all make mistakes which are fine but sometimes I wish I knew a couple of things that maybe would have made that process a bit easier. 

What did you wish you knew as a teenager? Or are you a teenager now, what advice could you take from this post? ( hopefully something)

Thanks for reading, as always x

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23 comments

  1. I loved reading this post Nicole. Your personality shines through and that's one thing I really appreciate when reading a blog! You are such a lovely person and I'm so glad you don't let insignificant, irrelevant people get in the way of the things you love :)

    Jade xx | simplyjadey.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Jade x

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  2. These are great! But we all know teenage us wouldn't listen anyway if we were told any of these!
    Rachel // Rachel Ellen

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    1. I know haha! Its the thought that counts x

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  3. I loved this! I have only really just started 'teenage life', so I will definitely keep these in mind! Thank you!
    Charlotte <3
    http://vieaveccharlotte.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. oh good luck Charlotte! You will need it x

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  4. I loved reading this! Ahh the days of 12 year old relationships, you definitely didn't miss out on anything. I'm actually best friends now with a boy I 'went out with' for about two weeks in Year 8, and we actually laugh now at how stupid we were back then - basically we were just friends who texted each other love heart emoticons on MSN, hahaha. Love the leggings thing too, I used to wear those things to death.

    Maddie x | thatplacecalledhere.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. haha, that is really cute! Glad I am not the only one- they were never a good look x

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  5. Omg I totally forgot about punkyfish haha, I used to be such a fan! I totally agree with all the friend things, I wish I would have let those toxic people ago and focused on my real friends, would have saved my confidence a little bit. I kinda wish I could go back to my teenage years and do it all again knowing what I know now, but I'm much happier now :) Xx

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    1. Aw I agree, I had happy and down times during my teenage years but I am much happier now! I am sure I would ignore these even if I knew them as I was growing up x

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  6. All of these are so accurate haha. It is completely fine not to have it all figured out, no one really does and even if they do they will probably change their plans somewhere on the way because life is full of surprises. The YouTube videos sound like fun though. I also did some weird stuff as a teen but I think that's just part of growing up. If I could tell my teenage self something I would tell her to open up to her friends and that body features such as height etc really don't matter. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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    1. haha, they were so cringey but I guess that it is part of growing up- like you said. That is great advice to tell your younger self x

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  7. I can definitely relate to 11 and 12, now being almost 21 friends from primary and secondary school don't stick around always x

    Everything But The Kitchen

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    1. They definitely don't! As soon as I went to college I didn't keep in contact with many of the people I was 'best friends' with in school x

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  8. I love this post! I find nowadays due to social media and everything kids are trying to act older than they are and changing their personality to something they're not just to feel accepted and "popular". I really wish I hadn't of cared so much about what people thought of me at school because looking back on it, it made me much more unhappier than it would if I had just been myself. I loved your point number 17: You should never give up your hobbies in the fear of being embarrassed or ashamed because of what others may think of you. I was sooo scared of what people would think about my YouTube and blog, but turns out noone actually gave a shit, haha! Obviously you get the odd few who talk bad about it, but that means nothing to me anymore because I'm doing something I love whereas they're spending their time talking bad about others!
    Cloe X clxelouise.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for such your lovely comment! I am glad you enjoy blogging and Youtube and no one makes fun of you for it- you must have really supportive friends x

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  9. Loved this post and how honest you are. Made a very good read :)

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  10. Number 12 really struck a chord with me, I always get worried I don't have enough friends when actually, the memories I make with them are so much more important xx
    www.blossomofhope.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes! T really don't have many friends but the things we have done together outweigh the lack of friends all together x

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  11. I loved this list & I could definitely relate to quite a few of the things you've mentioned. Especially number 18 actually - teachers always used to tell me that I needed to put my hands up & say something more often and I hated hearing that from them cause it made me feel like there was something wrong with me when that's just who I am. And btw I turned 18 in March & still look like 12 as well so you're definitely not alone with this haha x

    Sara / AboutLittleThiings

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    1. I know how you feel! I managed to pass all my exams with flying colours at the end of school, with little class participation, it's just not how I work! I am glad I am not the only one x :D

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  12. My teenage years are not a time I'd want to go back to. It's hard be a teenager - you're dealing with so many changes and responsibilities when you have no idea how to manage it all. I wish I had known more about how to take care of my mental health and how to find balance in life.

    - Courtney
    courtneylthings.blogspot.com

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