Everything I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Everything I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Everything she’s going through is temporary.

Oh God, where to even start. As we all know, our high-school days, at least the early ones, are a mess of acne-prone skin and awkward relationships. Of course, there are those kids who were popular in high school, but let’s not pretend they didn’t have their phases too. There are so many times I wish I would’ve known better, would’ve had more common sense or at least a friend with some.

Firstly, I think I would tell young me the usual things. You know the “you’re pretty enough, you’re good enough, you’re skinny enough…you don’t need the approval of others to affirm your self-worth.” Kind of pep talk. The kind that everyone has heard from their mothers a million times and have stopped believing are true.

But then, I think I would reprimand her. In high school, I was a notorious goody-two-shoes. Still am, probably, maybe just mellowed out by the freedom of college. I would tell my younger self that it’s okay to be stupid sometimes, to be young and dumb because that’s what the teenage years are all about. The whole point of being an awkward adolescent is to learn how not to be a terrible adult (Though some do better than others).

It didn’t help that I switched schools halfway through sophomore year, leaving behind a large public school for a tiny private one. My graduating class was 47 people. Had I stayed at my former school, it would’ve been closer to 500. To say the least, I didn’t really fit in. I wish I could go back and just tell myself that the more I retreat into my shyness the worse it will become.

It would be really easy to go back and warn my past self about the bad decisions I’d make, like that one blond kid in ROTC I ended up “dating.” Oh, how naïve I was. But some things, as terrible and heartbreaking and messy as they are, are meant to happen, and we can only ride out the aftermath. Some experiences are so apart of who we are and how we behave that we don’t even realize it, don’t even realize that the heartbreak has made us stronger than we were before.

There are always things we wish we could fix, and ways we could’ve done better. We’re all human, perfection doesn’t suit us. Mostly, I just wish I could go back and tell my past self that everything she’s going through is temporary. That life I lived was only a precursor to what will come, the sunlight that will help me find myself.

We all have something we wish we could tell our younger selves, something that would’ve made us feel less alone, less confused, less unhappy. But ultimately, until a time machine is created, none of us will be able to fulfill that wish. So that means we just have to live with our experiences as best we can.

Cover Image Credit: Jesscia Kournounis

Popular Right Now

25 Things About Me

On My 25th Birthday

Since my birthday is on Sunday, I decided to write an article all about me!

1. I love to cook for my husband. Actually, I like to cook period. I even have my on cooking blog titled "If You Want To Eat You Have To Cook". My favorite thing to make is anything with noodles because I love Asian food.

(buzz feed)

2. I have a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

(yahoo images)

3. My favorite food to eat while I am out and about is sushi.


4. Cats are my favorite animal.


5. My favorite thing to drink is a margarita.


6. My favorite season is summer.

(amazing fun)

7. I love making treats for my husband, such as cakes and love notes.

(stoner days)

8. My favorite artist is Lady Gaga.


9. My favorite movie genre is a crime drama, such as Lifetime Movies.

(google images)

10. I love wrapping presents for other people.


11. My favorite outfit is a long summer dress.


12. My favorite color is pink.


13. My most prized possession are my engagement and wedding rings.


14. I love taking black and white pictures.


15. My favorite dessert is coconut or red velvet cake.

(yahoo images)

16. I love my parents and husband.


17. One of my guilty pleasures is binge watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette.


18. My favorite show on TV right now is Nashville.


19. I love to watch Disney movies.

(yahoo images)

20. I love cooking with my husband.

(yahoo images)

21. My favorite meal is steaks and gnocchi.


22. I love bingewatching TV shows on Netflix.

(yahoo images)

23. I love taking road trips on the weekend with my husband.


24. I love getting things done early, and hate procrastination.


25. I love myself and I love being me.

(yahoo images)

Cover Image Credit: birthday cake

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

6 Signs You're Experiencing The Infamous Sophomore Slump

Stress goes up, excitement goes down.

As the end of my sophomore year in college is now in sight, I've begun to take a look back on this year and how utterly strange it has been. I've recently found a term that perfectly describes everything I've felt from this year in just two words: Sophomore Slump. This term has been coined to describe a,

"Period of developmental confusion where students may face difficulties in academic, social, and personal development. In addition, after the novelties of college social life have worn off, nothing seems quite as special."

I've definitely experienced this feeling this year, and although I find myself still enjoying college, the stresses have seemed to increase while the excitement has simultaneously worn off. If you're suffering through the Sophomore Slump as well, you might be able to relate to these tell-tale signs.

1. You went from going out every weekend to adopting a sleep schedule similar to your grandparents.

Freshman year, every weekend was full of constant opportunities for parties. You waited your whole life for the true college experience, and last year you went a little too hard. Now, you're making up for it by spending your weekends reading, sleeping and most importantly, binging the latest Netflix original special.

2. Frat parties are yesterday’s news.

I still remember the excitement leading up to frat parties during my freshman year, especially for tailgates. Now, if I ever even do go out, I prefer a house party with people I actually enjoy being around.

3. You begin questioning whether your major is right for you…and is it too late now?

Is my major the right one for me? I'm already too far in! I can't back out now! Sophomore year is basically a giant ball of stress and quarter-life crises.

4. You enjoy feeling more like an adult, but you miss the innocence of being a freshman.

As a freshman, you were still naive to adult life, and while that had its own problems, sometimes you miss being the new kid on campus with a whole world of opportunities ahead of you.

5. Somehow, if it’s even possible, your procrastination has gotten even worse.

If you thought last year was bad...

6. And you still find yourself in a constant state of denial.

It's fine, I'm fine, everything's fine.

Cover Image Credit: Every Pixel

Related Content

Facebook Comments