10 Things to Tell Myself 10 Years Ago
In 2006, I was a junior in high school and living in what I thought was the prime of my life. It’s so easy to feel that each moment in life is the “prime” of your life. I’m a firm believer that you will not know what time of your life was the prime or the happiest until you’re on your deathbed looking back at your whole life. Who’s to say which moment in life is your happiest or prime? I’ve learned this over the past decade. There are many beautiful moments and many sorrowful moments that mold a person. At 16, I had so many unnecessary worries and tribulations that were, of course, earth shattering in 2006 but obviously non-catastrophic in the grand scheme of things. Based on my life experiences and moments that molded me, here are 10 things I wish I could tell myself 10 years ago (in no particular order).
1. Apply for more scholarships and loans – financial aid is going to get dicey; don’t depend on your grades or honor status for merit based awards.
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You’ll learn each moment that worrying about each small detail just brings anxiety with no real resolution.
3. Save more money in general. You’re going to have so many grandiose ideas for your life, but you’re never going to get there without having some money put away.
4. Love yourself more. You’re amazing, beautiful and overall just awesome. Stop doubting yourself and just let yourself blossom through.
5. When you get to college, just have fun. You’ve spent so much time being “all business” that you run the risk of missing precious moments.
6. Just have fun. Enjoy each moment and each person in your life.
7. Accept the fact that that there is some sort of higher power in your life and stop trying to avoid it to prove a point. (I’m talking about God.)
8. That brings me to this point: stop trying to prove every point. You’re not always right. Be okay with being wrong; arguing so many random points are futile.
9. Have dreams and achieve them, but you also need to be realistic to a point.
10. Accept the fact that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is never going to come back to television.