Monday 27 April 2015

16 year old me

So on Friday the 24th it was my 24th birthday. If I'm honest I'm not exactly where I would of hoped to be at this point in my life. In some ways I feel so behind yet I'm certainly proud of everything I've managed to achieve and all those little lessons I've learnt on the journey.

Remember being 16? I do. There's a lot I'd rather forget. I really struggled in my teenage years and I lost a lot of what should of been those fun care free years to illness both mental and physical. Looking back from where I am now there's so many things I wish I'd known, that I wish I could of told myself. This post isn't meant to come across as depressing and somber, more reflective of how far I've come and how life has a funny way of working out.

^^ 16 year old me on the right with the same best friend I have now...(sorry hun it was one of the only pics I had at hand)

So dear sixteen year old Charlotte (and anybody aged 16 who may be reading) here's some things I'd like you to know.

School isn't everything, life experience is going to get you just as far as qualifications

The friends you have now, are some of the best you'll ever have, they liked you just for you, before how much you earned, your job or wether you have a car and still live with your parents became a basis for choosing mates.

Being happy and healthy is far more important than being thin, popular or changing yourself to fit in

The embarrassing moments, the times you were a total asshole, the silly paranoid thoughts and worries you have. No one else will ever make as big of a deal of it as you do yourself. Don't beat yourself up over silly mistakes, half the time people won't even remember it or have noticed.

Don't push people away, it's ok to ask for help.

The people that bully you now, the popular kids, the cool kids getting in trouble will one day serve you fast food. 

Mixing your drinks will never end well.

You're stronger than you'll ever know

Life isn't a competition, we're all in a different race

What would you tell your sixteen year old self? 
And would you have even listened? Being a teenager is all about finding out who you are, experimenting and learning how this crazy world we live in works.
Weirdly you spend a lot of your adult life doing the same.

Lots of love

Charlotte says what?

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