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Words of Advice For Our Teenage Selves

In our interview with author Allison Winn Scotch, she said she'd tell her 17-year-old self "that it's all going to work out even if it seems like it's not." I have to agree that most teenagers need that reassurance. We all remember when something like our crush not inviting us to prom was the END OF THE WORLD, but looking back, it really wasn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Annie says she'd tell her high school self "don't try to grow up so fast" because she wishes she would have let herself be a kid. I'd probably tell myself back then just to relax and don't constantly be worried about what other people are thinking of you, because they probably were too concerned with themselves to notice if you had a bad hair day. Here's what our Facebook fans would tell their 17-year-old selves.

  • "Just because a haircut looked cute on Michelle Williams from Dawson's Creek circa '97 doesn't mean it will look cute on you." — Lisa
  • "To believe in myself & watch my credit closer and that I'm smarter & stronger than people gave me credit for." — Penny
  • "You're going to be fine, despite some obstacles and setbacks." — Lucy
  • "Run away from that boy!" — Alecia
  • "You are beautiful. Enjoy it now, because it's as good as it's going to get!" — Katy
  • "Naturally, in addition to all of the philosophical stuff, I should have also added in the interview: tweeze your eyebrows." — Allison
  • "Yep, that hotel party in Alpena . . . probably should just stay home! Listen to your grandma, she's smarter than you think! Get rid of the friends that bring you down and most of all, pick your college career BEFORE you go to college instead of changing your major 300,000 times." — Kristina
  • "Sure you may feel a really strong connection with that guy and, by all means do what you can and see where the chips fall by the time you graduate college but do not, DO NOT, become obsessive and impatient because if you do you have absolutely no chance of success. Also, if it doesn't work out by the time you graduate college move on no matter how hard it is because he is too messed up to work if 4 years isn't enough." — Kimberly
  • "That I wasn't fat, lol!" — Bridgett
  • "Make all of your big mistakes NOW when you get older its much harder to bounce back from them!!" — Jessica
  • "Relax. & try as much (positive) stuff as possible." — Natalie
  • "Stay with your current boyfriend FOREVER — he'll make a wonderful husband & father.." — Fettina
  • "I would smile at her and say nothing . . . mistakes and all . . . I wouldn't change a thing." — Amy
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strangehunny strangehunny 5 years
Life is an adventure--get of your hiney and get busy. Now it seems I never have enough time. Rather than sitting and doing the "shoulda-coulda-woulda" I say we should be making bucket lists back in high school and start crossing them off right away. Cute post!
Cris1192 Cris1192 5 years
@ trinachka that story was beautiful
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Wow, I don't know who Katy is but she gives the worst advice ever! I mean really, why would you even re-post that garbage?
trinachka trinachka 5 years
Have you ever read Julie Orringer's short story "Note to Sixth-Grade Self"? It's awesome, all told in the second person, with the narrator advising her younger self what to do as she's about to do it. Here's an excerpt of it: http://ow.ly/5ua0h
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