Life teaches us many things along the way, and I for one can say that the life experiences that I’ve had in the last decade have taught me many things that I wish I could go back and tell my 18 year old self. The most important ones are…
1. If you don’t have caffeine first thing in the morning, you’re likely to feel knackered until lunchtime. Productivity at work then becomes a major problem. Aint nobody got time for spreadsheets when you need matchsticks to prop your eyelids up.
2. Working out is important. Your body isn’t always going to look like that!
3. There’s no such thing as a night in shining armour – he’s more like a twat in tin foil.
4. “Hideous Wankpuffin” is the best insult ever. (Thanks Hashtag Single)
5. Don’t waste time working in jobs that make you miserable, that don’t inspire you or encourage you to progress. Life’s too short. Seeing as you spend more waking hours during the week at work – make sure you pick somewhere and something you enjoy.
6. Embrace the opportunities to make new friends. Your circle gets smaller as you get older, but there’s always opportunities to keep making new friends along the way – don’t turn the other cheek.
7. Be kind. The world needs more kindness. We live in a world with a kindness deficiency – be the change.
8. Never show legs and cleave on a night out, don’t mix black and blue and dress for the body you have – not the body you want. Just standard and basic dressing tips.
9. Put your stake in the ground. The world never changes or improves when you only sit on the fence. Find a cause that you’re passionate about and make a difference.
10. You won’t always be right. Be graceful when you’re wrong.
11. “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” Chanel.
12. A broken heart is like any other near fatal wound – it leaves a mark, a soft spot that could potentially be torn open at any time. You learn to live with it and through it, but it never leaves you. That’s okay.
13. Friends are the family you choose for yourself. Your best friend is like a sister, it’s a bond you’ll never find with any other person… Also, keep her/him sweet because with the amount of secrets they know, you can’t fall out with them…they know too much! (kidding)
14. Chipped nail varnish will drive you crazy. Avoid it. And even if you’re skint, always invest in getting your nails done, or buying a nice new polish. Good nails look good and make you feel better. You can take on the world with good nails.
15. Change your hair. Don’t keep the same hair forever – try new styles, enjoy them all. You don’t want to look the same forever right?
16. Invest in a good skincare regime. Want to look 25 when you’re 40? Yeh. Do it then.
17. Travel. See as much as you can, while you can. When you have children there’s no opportunity to pack up and leave for 6 months of exploring and beach roaming – not when you’ve got to do the school run, get homework done and create tempting looking snacks for the lunchbox. (As much as you adore it)
18. The pill doesn’t always work *ah-hem baby bells*
19. Save! Save money, seriously though. You need savings. Those Loubs might look like a really great thing to splurge on but the £500 price tag is better invested in future rent/mortgage payments. Boring but true.
20. What’s right and wrong isn’t always black and white.
21. Avoid men with pretty faces, bags of charm and a penchant for saying all the right things – they have a habit of doing all the wrong things… And hurting you.
22. Take risks. At best you’ll win, at worst you’ll learn.
23. Talking about depression is something you should do more. You never know who it will help and the stigma surrounding it needs to be banished.
24.Any time spent doing things you enjoy is an investment in yourself, and that’s the best thing you could ever invest in.
25. Avoid Tinder.
…I’m sure with this much knowledge ten years ago, I’d have wasted far less time, avoided some serious fashion faux pas and generally made more effort with the gym!
How many of these would you tell your 18 year old self?