Dear Teenage Me,
1 If you ever find yourself using the phrase “I wish,” make sure it is not followed by “you,” “it,” or “they.” Say “I will” instead.
2 Those times when you don’t get your way, which, let’s be honest, is most of the time, throttle the f**k back and calm the f**k down. Better to be happy than right.
3 Don’t be afraid of flirting. It’s actually easy, once you get over your silly-assed self. Just don’t take yourself too seriously. And send out energy that is kind and open and fun and confident.
*In order to be approached, you have to be approachable.*
(Well, at least not taking yourself too seriously.)
4 Be generous when it comes to kindness, forgiveness and laughter. Because, in this life, you can only keep what you give away.
5 Don’t ever stay in a relationship because you’re scared of what could happen if you leave. Leave because you’re scared of what will happen if you stay.
6 When you’re faced with any uncomfortable or unwanted interpersonal situation, you have 2 options: try and change the other person, or change how their behavior affects you. Hint: The second one is better. For everyone involved.
7 Just to give you something to look forward to: one day you will have monkeys climbing all over you. It will be the best thing that ever happens to you.
(No, not really, but it is pretty cool.)