6 Pieces Of Advice I Wish I Could Tell My 16 Year Old Self

6 Pieces Of Advice I Wish I Could Tell My 16 Year Old Self

Most importantly, these are not the best years of your life.
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There are so many things I wish I knew when I was younger. I was so young and naive to think that at just 16 years old I've already experienced the best and worst times of my life. I also missed out on what could have been fun times in high school because I let my anxiety take over. I wish there was someone to tell me back then that is was going to be okay and life gets even better after you're a teenager. If you're stuck somewhere in your life always remember that it gets better.

1. High school is NOT going to be the best years of your life, trust me.

This isn’t me saying that high school sucks and you should just rush by and wait for college to come. High school contains memories that you will never forget. You will meet your best friend who is still by your side 5 years later. You will go to every sports game and cheer on your team along side of your friends. There will be boys that give you butterflies and make you smile every time you pass them in the halls. You will learn how to be a leader and start forming into the person you are today. You might think high school were the best years of your life but they are far from it. Enjoy it while it lasts but look forward to what life has in store for you.

2. Stop crying & breathe.

There will be times that you will cry so hard you won’t be able to take a breath. Whether it’s over a boy, school, your family or friends, it’s probably not worth shedding tears over. You are such an emotional person and you let it take over sometimes. I promise, half of the stuff you’re crying over is not worth it. Whatever you’re going though at this moment will pass and it will get better.

3. Don't let your anxiety control you.

This is so much easier said than done. You let anxiety consume you and change you into a person you aren’t. You make up things in your head like people don’t actually like you and everyone’s against you, but they aren’t. You are an amazing person with a bright future ahead and your anxiety is only going to hold you back from some great experiences. Take control of your life and don’t let yourself get lost. You have a mental illness but that doesn’t define who you are.

4. You heart will be broken, but you will get over it.

There are boys out there that will make you feel like everything and nothing all at the same time. You will get hurt and also hurt people in your path. If may feel like you won’t ever be able to get over someone but with time you will. Enjoy the moments you have with someone and remember that if it doesn’t work out, it’s probably for a reason. With each relationship you learn more about yourself and realize what you want or don’t want from a partner.

5. Watch out for toxic people.

More likely than not, your mom will be able to spot a fake friend way before you. Listen to her if that’s the case. Be careful who you let yourself get close to because some people don’t have a heart that’s as big as yours. Just because you trust them with every little detail of your life doesn’t mean they won’t go around speaking down on you. Trust the vibes and gut instincts you get from people. Make sure you surround yourself with people that only radiate positivity and are there for you whenever you could possibly need them.

6. Look forward to the future, it gets better.

There are going to be so many moments in your life that make you feel more happiness than you ever thought possible. You will find people that uplift you as much as they can and give you the love that you deserve. Every moment you feel like you can’t go on just remember that there are brighter times ahead. Keep your head up and never give up on being happy.

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.
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It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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My Eating Disorder Was A Secret, Even From Me

No one ever talks about it, and if they had my life might be different.

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I remember ninth grade health class very well, specifically one day in particular. The day we talked about eating disorders, I was ready to hear about anorexia and bulimia. I was not ready to walk out of that classroom with confirmation that I had an eating disorder, but that is exactly what I did that day.

After speaking on anorexia and bulimia, my teacher told us about Binge Eating Disorder.

My 14-year-old ears perked up. I had never heard of this disease, but I was immediately interested. I knew anorexia and bulimia well, they were the diseases that, at the time, I wish I had the determination to try, but I was too scared to hurt my body.

Binge Eating Disorder was new to me. My teacher described it as continuing to eat after you were full and eating for hours at a time. As the signs and symptoms continued to be read, I realized... that the last three years of my life had been plagued by binges. There was a lot I couldn't control in my life, but eating was one thing that I always had control over. It was the one thing that always brought me comfort.

Most binges would start after I came home from a hard day at school, or maybe after I got in a fight with a family member. Maybe I felt insecure about the growing number on the scale, but I ate.

It always started with half a bag of chips, then maybe a cookie or other sweet treat, and then I would finish with something else I could find in the pantry. My mother would come home and begin making dinner.

Ashamed, I would hide the food anywhere so my family could not tell I had been eating and then I would go eat dinner.

This was a common occurrence for me, but I had no idea that my habits were wrong or should point to an eating disorder. The only thing that I knew was wrong with me, was that I was gaining weight.

For the longest time, I thought an eating disorder was something that helped you lose weight unhealthily, not gain weight. It wasn't until I sat in a health class that I realized that there was anything wrong with me.

Education is so important in overcoming eating disorders. We are making such great strides about informing people about the dangers of eating disorders and positive body image.

It is so important that we start making Binge Eating Disorder a topic that is as known as anorexia and bulimia. No one ever discusses Binge Eating Disorder, not even the dangers of it, maybe if they had my life might have been different.

Maybe I would have found out about it earlier and could have gotten help before it got out of hand.

I wish I could say that I left that health class that day and never had a binge again. The truth is I binged several times after that, and still to this day I have an episode, although they are very rare.

It would be unrealistic to tell you that I overcame my eating disorder that day because it is a journey I am still completing. Every day presents a new challenge, and sometimes I fail, but I will succeed, and succeeding is worth a few failures.

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