Thursday, 19 February 2015

If I were 18 again

I was 18 years old SEVEN years ago! *sitting here crying* Time goes by so quickly, but the memories I made are still with me. I was speaking with one of my favourite people in the world and she said, "imagine what it would be like to be 18 again" the thought actually stuck with me and got me thinking. 

If I could offer advice to my 18 year old self, there are so many things that I would say. 

So, I can scroll through my Facebook and look at all the cringe worthy pictures of myself attempting to look.. well cool! 

It is crazy how much you can change.. yes yes, I am older and my looks have matured and well as much as I don't like to admit it I have filled out.. ahh I sound like my mum. 

It isn't just my looks that have changed. My whole perception of life has too. It is almost laughable now, when I look back and think WHAT ON EARTH WAS I THINKING! Do we all have those moments? 

Being 18 today, is a lot different to being 18 in 2008! Young people, they don't act young any more. They have more options and ideas and they are so much more advanced! I almost envy them. 

So, what would 25 year old me, tell my 18 year old self?

THE MAIN THINGS

1. SAVE
Yes, shoes, bags, clothes and all those pretty things are fantastic now. But not having any money saved is the biggest mistake you will make. Keep Ross from friends in your mind "save 10% of your salary" you will be so much better off and that idea will stick with you. 

2. BOYS
That boy you thought you were in love with.. ahh he sucked and well when you turn 23 you will meet the most amazing person, move in together and build a life! So, those months that you spent depressed because you thought that ass hole broke your heart.. you will get over it. It wasn't even love anyway! TRUST ME! 

3. TRAVEL!
Make plans to travel and experience the world! Go to America like you always dreamt of and stock up on Jolly Ranchers! Because you live once, make plans while you're young and stop being too chicken to pursue them!

4. OH GOD WHAT ARE YOU WEARING!
Honestly, that over sized..rather ugly belt is embarrassing! You don't have to wear it with EVERY outfit! 

6. BODY HANGUPS
You thought you needed to lose weight! Honey, wait until you're 25! You will be wishing you had those slender arms still! *Don't worry.. you only go up a dress size* You need to appreciate your body more! Learn to love who you are!

7. FRIENDS
You will lose contact with some of the people you call best friends! And no, it isn't anything that you have done. It is just the way of life, you drift apart and you lose contact. Don't worry, you will meet some amazing people and the ones you saw as extra additions to your family are still around!

8. BLOG!
I know you have already thought about this, you have considered starting a blog but got too pre-occupied with god knows what else! But do it! You will love it even when you're 25! 

9. TAKE LOTS OF FAMILY PICTURES!!
You will lose loved ones and you will be hunting for memories you wish you put on film! Take lots of pictures and appreciate your family more! They will always be there.. 

And finally...

10. CAREER
Really consider what you want to do.. you always loved to sing, but was never brave enough to pursue it! You wanted to act because you wanted to be in Harry Potter but you never did! Choose a career you will LOVE! Don't just conform because you think you have to. Do it because you want to. 

Those are just a few things that I would advise my 18 year old self! 

Never have regrets.. learn from your mistakes and don't let anyone make you feel less than you're are truly worth!

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