Notes to my high school self

Be confident in your opinions. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. Yes, ok, some people may not share your views. But that’s what makes life interesting! You don’t need to be a sheep, to follow the consensus, to go unheard.

Ignore the bullies. Ignore the people who make you feel bad about yourself. Laugh it off, realise that true friends don’t bring you down. Move on from those that are negative towards you, you don’t need that in your life. Remember who your true friends are and concentrate on them instead.

You don’t need a boyfriend. Yes, maybe the other girls in your class have started dating; maybe it feels like you’re the only one without a guy. But you know what? It turns out, you would have been better off without those high-school boys. Turns out, you’ll meet the ‘one’ much later.

Spend the odd night studying. Ok, so you did pretty well in the end anyway (despite your poor high-school grades). And yes, your worth is much more than a B+. But it doesn’t hurt to open your mind for an hour or two sometimes, and letting some knowledge work its way in. Exams are much easier when you’re prepared.

Stop panicking you’re going to miss out. That one party/social/meal you are skipping your family time for may not be all what you hoped. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t meet your expectation.

Build a better relationship with your brother. Get to know him better, or at least stop picking so many fights with him. Make the effort to chat to him more. Stop being a petty teenager for just 15mins to see how his day went. Maybe all you’ll get is a grunt in response…but you never know when you both might look back and appreciate those times.

Lastly, and most importantly, enjoy having lazy days and only being in uniform from 9-3:20. Longer days are yet to come. And on your darkest days, when you’ve argued with someone or just feel like high-school is the last place you want to be, or are stressing about the future, remember: it gets better and better.

I’ll always miss those high-school days, but it’s easy to say that when you aren’t seeing the person who bullied you every flippin’ day, and just remember having a laugh in lessons with your friends. When you’re working 9-5 and seem to be knackered, like, all the time, you lust to go back to those days. But in truth, I prefer where I am now, who I am now. And in reality, I wouldn’t change a thing.

 

What do you miss about your high school days, anything you would change?

Until next time,

Nicci xxx

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