Don’t get me wrong, your teens are some of the most memorable and life shaping years of your life. But sometimes, when you look back, there are certain things you did and certain memories you hold that you just wish you could stuff into a bag of rocks and drown in a river.
These nine are such regretful memories:
1.) Those god awful short forms we couldn’t live without.
It’s undeniable. We all had that phase which would cause Shakespeare to tremble in his grave. The same phase, we very conveniently delete all traces off on social media when realization strikes. It consists primarily of uncountable acronyms that, in all honesty, you probably made up.
2.) That one painful night you drank a little too much.
This, hopefully, happened in your MUCH later teen years. At this age, you’re still discovering the levels of alcohol your body can handle. And in the process of this discovery, you find yourself in countless situations with ambiguous text messages to an ex, an array of horrendous selfies, and most likely, a grouchy friend designated to take care of you.
3.) Those hours of free time you took for granted.
You could’ve learnt how to play an instrument, or how to dance or even play a new sport. But instead? You sat at home updating your Facebook status. Such a waste of time.
4.) Just not reading enough.
This could be the dreaded newspaper you tossed aside when it was thrust towards you, or even all those books you chose to ignore. In your 20s, it pays to be well informed. Literally. Being that one person awkwardly bobbing your head in the pretense of knowing what a conversation is about, is not a nice feeling.
5.) Not being outspoken enough.
Most teenagers, such as myself, are so concerned about the opinions and thoughts of the world that we most often suppress our own feelings. This is a classic teenager problem. You have a problem with the way things are? You think you can offer helpful advice? Do it. The world won’t implode if you try to help.
6.) Mindless arguments about issues you honestly don’t know too much about.
Your teenage years are pretty unusual. It’s the time when you feel that overwhelming urge to rebel – against your parents, against your school, or even against society. But sometimes, it’s okay to relax. You know what 20 year old you would tell you? Take a breath.
7.) Not spending enough time with your family.
When you reach your 20s, and find yourself alone at home battling a runny nose with no parent to bring you hot soup or cover you with an extra blanket, you’ll miss home.
8.) Not finding things you are truly passionate about.
It’s never too early to find your passion. This could be music, photography, animals or even computer-just stick to it. Develop a skill that will allow you to grow up and get a job that you’ll have fun doing. Living the dream isn’t really all that difficult. It just required 14 year old you to work a little harder for 24 year old you.
9.) Making and sticking to your bucket list.
You don’t have to have all of these done by a particular time, just start working towards it. Tick a few things off every year, and by the time you reach your 20s, you’ll have enough stories to share with your friends to last an entire lifetime.