It honestly feels like it was just yesterday that I was a timid little 8th grader just starting out high school, thinking that my high school years were the end all, above all. It’s funny how time flies and before you know it, you’re looking back on all the memories you made.
In honor of the back to school season, I thought I’d do a post on things I would have told my high school self and the advice I would have given myself. It’s amazing how much we evolve and understand as we grow older, and that we eventually realize those lessons our parents taught us when we were kids would one day hold so true.
6 Things I’d Tell My High School Self
1. Surround Yourself With Positivity
Make friends with those who love and support you and avoid toxic friendships/relationships like the plague. When people want to do things you aren’t cool with and are all about the drama, let them go. Surround yourself with those who lift you up, and not those who bring you down.
2. Don’t Let Bullying Outrule Kindness
When people are mean to you, I know it’s easy to believe their hurtful comments and take it to heart, but don’t let it ever change who you are. You are kind and if people think that’s worthy of making fun of, then let them. Kindness always wins.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
When someone, whether it be a teacher or student, does or says something that you don’t agree with, speak up. Your voice is worthy of being heard and differing views are what make the world go round. Another thing, don’t let boys make you feel like your voice is any less important than theirs. You are smart, fully capable, and should never feel unworthy.
4. Listen to Your Parents
As they’ll tell you many times, they’ve been around the block a time or two. It may seem like they have no clue what they are talking about and they don’t “understand you”, but trust me, they know more than you think they do. Follow their wisdom and you’ll be just fine. And who knows- you just might keep that same advice with you one day when you have children of your own.
5. Don’t Sweat the Small Things
Making a C on your Trigonometry test isn’t going to ruin your life forever and neither is breaking up with a boy you’ve only dated for 2 months. Enjoy the ride of high school but don’t worry about the little things. Years from now, you probably won’t even remember it when it’s all said and done.
6. Be YOU
Stop trying to follow the crowd and quit imitating the “cool kids”. Be you and don’t try to change yourself just so people will like you. Quit worrying so much about what others will think of you and instead rock that skirt that no one else is wearing or style your hair differently. Your uniqueness is what makes you beautiful and those who matter will love you for it.
Alright, now it’s your turn– What would you tell your high school self? Are there things you would have did differently given the opportunity?
Have a great week!-Cara