My teenage years where particularly challenging for me; perhaps a little more than the average person. Much happened and it was a terribly unhappy time for me. As I've grown, i'm just beginning to realize it's okay to be me, no matter what others thing. I compiled a short list of the most important things i'd tell me early teen self...
Being normal is not what you imagined, it's actually pretty boring. Yes, you're quirky, you don't like the same music and clothes as your friends. But you'll soon find out that that's what makes you, you. & soon, you'll find some real friends that'll love and admire that about you. That vintage style you love? You'll totally grow into that. Oh, and you know that charity shop shopping we've been doing since you was like, 10? That's like totally socially acceptable now. Woo!
Stand up for yourself.
Endless people have taken advantage of the fact you won't just speak up and stand up for yourself, and many, many more will before you realize. Babe, keeping quiet and doing everything people ask of you isn't actually making them like you, all it's doing is simply letting them walk all over you. The sooner you learn this, the less heartbreak you'll feel later.
Everything will always be okay.
You are going to achieve amazing things, far beyond your dreams.
You escape, you get away and you're creating a brilliant life for yourself a hundred miles from you're demons. Of course, there are hurdles, and heartbreak beyond measure. But everything, is always okay. Always. One way or another fate will guide us through and what will be will be.
People you spend to much time over are just not worth it.
You'll be surprised at who stays in your life and who, well, doesn't. It'll hurt, and it'll suck, but it'll come to a time where you realize these people are just so not worth it. The one's who stick around will be amazing to you. Oh, & You'll meet the most amazing people before you're 21, and I really feel as though they'll be hanging around for a long time!
Believe in yourself, your opinions and your morals.
This is what makes us special, our outlook on life. The way you see the world will be what gets you so far, people will admire your passion for teaching, your desire to care for people and you're not the terrible person you think you are; sure, there's still plenty of room for improvement, but stop hating yourself quite so much - it's just not going to help.
Pursue all your interests, follow your dreams and believe in yourself.
Can you relate to these?