10 Things I’d Tell My 17 Year-old Self

Hello again lovelies,

Recently I have been struggling to understand myself and how I ended up where I am today. Not that where I am isn’t good, I just know I have room to grow. I also firmly believe in the power of learning from other people’s experiences. This is why I wanted to share with you all some of things I would tell my 17 year-old self. If you are in high school trying to decide where you want to go in life or 25 still stuck in same routine I think we can all learn a little something from some of my mistakes and triumphs.

  1. It’s Ok to be Yourself

Do the things you enjoy! Who cares if it’s not “cool.” You are only keeping yourself from finding the things in life that matter most to you! Surround yourself with people that have the same interests as you and nothing else will matter! You can’t hold yourself back forever!

2. You’re 17, These Boys Don’t Matter

I think that we are so engulfed in “love stories” growing up we feel like we need to find “the one” by the time we’re 16 or else we will be alone forever.

That makes no sense.

I know at this age you begin getting urges you may have never had before but trust me, all that can wait. Focus on you. You are the only you, you have, so protect yourself. Don’t let anyone convince you that you need a boyfriend to make you complete. You have an amazing life ahead of you and God’s timing is always great so simmer down and go do your homework. We have college’s to get accepted into.

 3. Don’t Let Anyone Walk Over You

People won’t always be as kind hearted as you. Don’t let them take your kindness for weakness. You are a strong, intelligent, sweet girl and because of those things people will try their hardest to break you.

You can’t let them. Stay true to yourself. Remain independent.

4. Trust Your Gut

If your instinct is telling you something doesn’t feel right about a person or situation just let it/them go. You’ll thank yourself for it.

 5. Stop Trying to Grow Up so Fast

You have all the time in the world to be “an adult”. Enjoy your youth. Enjoy college. Take a break once in a while. You owe it to yourself to live the best life physically possible.

6. Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

Like the cliche quote from Hillary Duff’s “A Cinderella Story,”

“Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

Who cares if you’ll look a little weird? You have so much to offer the world, you just have to step out of your comfort zone and DO IT !

Do you really think the Wright brothers ideas were taken seriously at first?

Nah, fam.

So, take some chances and be great!

7.  It’s Okay to Not Live Up To Your Parents Expectations

The day you realize this is your life and no one else’s, is the day you will find true joy. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.

Wanna run away to Paris and become an international super model? Do it!

If going to college isn’t for you, and you have a plan for yourself and your success. GO FOR IT!

No one can stop you from living your dream life. You are only on this earth once, don’t waste your time trying to be someone you aren’t.

8.  Kick Ass and Take Names

By that I mean, don’t half do anything. If you want to excel in something, do it at your greatest capacity. Work hard and your success will speak for itself.

9. Stay Quirky

It’s what makes you great. Continue to put your personality into everything you do. You might not be a comedian but, you make people happy. To me that’s all that matters.

10.  9 Times Out of Ten, Your Mom Was Right

It may not seem logical at the moment but, looking back mom warned you about all the obstacles you faced. You were too stubborn at times to listen and in the end it made you stronger. But, just know, takin advice from others who are wiser than you isn’t always so bad.

Greatness is inside each and everyone of us. For me, it just took me a little longer to realize that. We are so much more that what “expected of us.” Be who you want to be, and don’t let anyone tell you can’t do something. I hope if anything this post showed you how important it is to love yourself enough to let go of things that are holding you back and be great at whatever it is you want to do.

What are some of things you would tell your younger self? I’d love to know in the comments below!

As always,

Keep defining yourself,

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