Happy Tuesday everybody! I saw a post recently on Her.ie about the things they would tell their teenage selves if they could. It got me thinking, if I could go back ten years, and give myself some advice what would it be? After a bit of thinking I came up with what I think would have been really important advice for me at the time. So, lets get cracking shall we?
1: YOU ARE NOT FAT. I had to put this one in caps locks to really get the message across, because when I was 15, I was convinced at the time that I was a big blob of fat and that I was ten tonne Tess (sorry Tess) in comparison to all my friends. Looking back now, I know I was definitely not. I was fit and healthy due to playing volleyball and Gaelic football, so in hindsight I was probably fitter than a lot of the girls in my year were. As long as you're healthy it doesn't matter the size of your waist, we all come in different shapes and sizes and there ain't nothing wrong with that!
2: Go easy on the black eyeliner. Less is definitely more when it comes to eyeliner, especially when its black, and especially when its being used on the waterline. I used to wear it really heavy every single day, so I wish someone only told me to go easy on it!
3: Don't waste time straightening your hair: I spent most nights trying to get my frizzy mop of hair to just sit straight, but alas it wasn't to be. I now understand that was because I actually didn't have frizzy hair, but instead I had a head of curls! So many people now comment that they'd love my hair, so really I would have just thrown my hair straightener away if I'd known!
4: Do NOT get a fringe: Another hair related one but seriously, fringes and curly hair do not go well together! It ended up wonky because it hadn't been cut right, and no matter what I did I ended up with a cows lick and my mother saying 'I told you so'. Needless to say I let it grow out, and never let it make an appearance ever again!
5: Don't worry about what boy's think of you: When you're 15/16 years of age, boy's are the b all and all of your life. Do they like you, do they not, do they think you're cool and all the rest. Forget about them! Enjoy being a teenager, spend time with your friends, go out to disco's without the intention of getting 'the shift' and just enjoy yourself. Boy's will come and go but your friends will be there through thick and thin and that's all that counts.
6: Your parents aren't your enemies: Seriously, they're not! And ten or fifteen years down the road they will actually become you're friends and you'll feel horribly guilty for all the door banging and stomping up the stairs like an elephant you did. (Or maybe I'm the only one who did that). Treat your parents with a bit of respect, at the end of the day they only have your best interests at heart, and some day when your in the same position you'll realise it.
7: Don't put too much pressure on yourself about what you want to do: All you hear about at 16 is the CAO and what you want to do in college and where you want to be in 10 years. I'm here now at 25 still trying to figure out what I want do and where I want to go. As my granny says 'If its for ya it won't pass ya'.
So there you have it ladies! Is there any words of advice you'd give your younger self?
Thanks for reading,