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CONTENT WARNING: This post mentions self-harm and suicide.
When I think about my younger self, I am honestly so sad. She had to endure so much shit than anybody should ever have to go through. She was in so much emotional pain, and I wish I could’ve done more to protect her.
I was always confused as a young girl. I felt like a complete stranger in my own life. Even up until I was about 16, I was a stranger in my own body.
And now that I’m older, I always try to extend my hand out to anyone I can. Especially anyone who is younger than me.
Here are 50 things I wish I could’ve told my younger self:
50 Life Lessons I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self
1. Listen to your gut
Honestly, you know more than you think.
2. Not everybody is trustworthy
3. Don’t fall for every guy who’s nice to you
Chances are they don’t care about you at all.
4. It’s okay to talk about your problems
Despite what you think, there are people who care.
5. Your parents don’t always know everything
Sometimes they don’t know shit.
6. Learn to enjoy time just by yourself
Don’t rely on other people for your happiness.
7. You are loved
8. Please don’t hurt yourself
It’s not worth it, and there are other ways to cope.
9. Not everybody is worth your friendship
Some people will take advantage of your kindness.
10. Nobody is going to remember that embarrassing thing you did 5 years ago
11. Stick up for other people when they are bullied
12. It’s okay to not drink, smoke, or do drugs
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
13. It’s okay to be weird
People who make fun of you aren’t worth your time.
14. Your dreams aren’t crazy
Always chase after your passions.
15. Sometimes people don’t want your advice
16. Self-help books are amazing
17. Grades aren’t the most important thing
You won’t even remember what grade you got on that math exam in the tenth grade.
18. Don’t worry if people notice your sweaty hands, armpits, or feet
If they truly cared about you, they wouldn’t care at all about your hyperhidrosis.
19. One person does makes a difference
20. Never give up on yourself
You are worth it.
21. It’s okay to say no
You don’t have to explain yourself.
22. Keep practicing yoga
You’ll thank yourself later.
23. Your face and body are perfect just the way they are
Practicing loving them more.
24. Your red hair is amazing
Don’t listen to what others say.
25. Drink more tea
Your mind and body will thank you.
26. It’s okay to like bubble baths
Just put your hair up in a bun first.
27. True love will come
and it will be the most wonderful, honest, and scary feeling ever.
- 5 Life Lessons My First Love Taught Me
28. Sometimes family isn’t everything
29. Documentaries will open your eyes to so many new things
Most of them aren’t even boring.
30. Stop surrounding yourself with negative energy
31. Get rid of all the toxic people in your life
You’ll be so much better off
32. Always be yourself
33. If someone is suicidal, reach out to them
You might be the only one who does.
34. Mental health is so freaking important
Don’t be embarrassed by it.
35. Don’t let your fears stop you from living your life
36. Make sure the people in your life know that you care about them
37. There’s nothing wrong with being wrong
It’s called learning.
38. Learn to be a better listener
Learn to listen, not to reply.
39. Forgive yourself
Stop beating yourself up all the time.
40. Rice is everything
41. Not everybody says please and thank you
42. Having a schedule will help keep your anxiety down
43. Sit in nature more often
Mother Earth is one of life’s greatest healers.
44. There’s more to life than social media
45. Learn as much about yourself as you can
46. Continue to write
Even when it hurts.
47. Your worth is not measured by how many people like you
48. Deep down, there’s a light that never goes out
49. You are important
50. You matter more than you will ever know
What would you tell your younger self if you got the chance?
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