This post is dedicated to my little sister.
Through all the trials and tears, we learn things. We learn the types of people to stay away from, the types of people to cling to, how to love, when to say no and several other life lessons.
I’ve put together a list of 5 things I wish I knew at your age.
1. Stop pinching the softness of your stomach and wishing you were different.
You do not have to be a size 2 to be beautiful. Stop comparing yourself to others, you are you. Nobody else could be you, even if they tried to be. You are unique and beautiful, nobody else is you.
2. Never be ashamed of who you are.
I am proud of who I am today, I wish I spent more of my teenage years believing that. It would have made so many things much easier.
3. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.
Marriage, kids, certain careers… those ideas might be forced on you or you might be forcing them on yourself. This is your life. Decide what you want and don’t want and stick to it.
4. Your life does not have to be a party for it to be exciting.
It is perfectly fine to sit at home on the weekends and read, watch TV or simply do nothing. Do not think you need to be out at bars dancing and making out with strangers. When you are 30, reading Harry Potter in bed next to your partner you will be happier then those wild nights ever will have made you.
5. Mum is almost always right.
About everything. Love. Friendship. Health. Family. The big things and the little things. Seriously, she’s been through it. Listen to her.
“If you want to give light to others, you have to glow yourself.”
– Thomas S. Monson