Clueless. At fifteen we’re guppies swimming in a pond of cool kids, nerds and the average Joe like me. I didn’t know how to act or what was what. So here’s my advice to you.
1. You don’t have to be popular to be cool.
I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but I was a good girl, had my own special qualities still I felt like an outsider.
2. Boys really do think about sex, a lot!
I was fortunate to date a few gentlemanly boys, but I can’t say I didn’t experience heavy petting after a homecoming date once.
3. It’s all right not to own a car.
Every kid who doesn’t own a car feels left out or like me, ashamed. One day when you grow up you’ll have your own set of wheels.
4. Don’t try to grow up too fast.
I put on make-up and tried to look older for what? My advice for every teenage girl is to enjoy looking young because you’ll look old soon enough.
5. It’s okay not to have a boyfriend/girlfriend.
Why go steady with someone just because you don’t want to be seen alone. I could have skipped a boyfriend or two.
6. Don’t eat junk food or starchy foods.
I gained twenty pounds my freshman year eating a lot of French fries at McDonalds.
7. Don’t plan out my future.
The extra stress I caused myself trying to map out my life was completely unnecessary. Sometimes the best things in life just happen.
8. Keep in mind that high school is just one part of a whole life.
Being 15 everything felt so big and so important but looking back, I realize it wasn’t.
9. I really don’t know what love is.
Every boy or girl falls in love or thinks they do but truth be told, it’s as much love as you can give at 15. It’s not the same depth of love you are able to give once your brain matures in your twenties.
10. Learn that I don’t have to fit in.
When I was 15 it felt like I had to belong to school clubs or sports to belong to something. What I learned later was to learn to fit into my own skin. I had to figure out me first than to worry about what others thought of me.