On this, the eve of my 29th birthday, I had decided to have an early night to recover from my “busy” couple of days and make sure I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for tomorrow. However, a post by author Jane Green on Facebook caught my eye. She posted five things she would tell the ‘teen her’. I thought I would give it a try particularly as in 366 days I will leave my twenties behind and feel I have a fair bit of perspective on my teenage years now.
So, here are the five things I’d like to tell my teen self:
- Don’t confuse attraction with love. You will fancy plenty of men but that does not equate to love. Love is a bigger concept than you could possibly grasp right now. Sorry to be patronising but I’m right.
- Being a WAG is not a good life – or career – choice. You would never fit into that world, and thank god. Posh Spice isn’t a great role model.
- The thing that makes you happy will not necessarily be the thing you do for money.
- You will be thankful for that over-active imagination one day. Use it for creativity – not for negativity.
- You are not fat. I’d kill to look how I did at 16 (apart from the bingers, they are not good; see below for proof).
Lots of love,
Aged 28 years and 365 days.