Parenting teenagers can almost make you wish you could invent a time machine and give your 15-year-old self a talking to. When I was 15 there are 10 things I know now, that I wish I knew then.
1. Being popular doesn’t matter
It won’t get you far in life, and no one really cares how “popular” you were in high school.
2. Your grades will be your guide
Instead of messing around with friends and partying, paying attention to grades opens up more doors and opportunities.
3. Your high school sweetheart is your high school sweetheart for a reason
Ah, young love. While it is beautiful, it is fleeting. There is only a small percentage of people that can “make it” with their high school sweet heart. Most high school relationships aren’t built to withstand the test of time…for good reason.
4. In 10 years, high school won’t matter
You won’t remember the captain of the football team, or the head cheerleader or the prom queen 10 years from now. You will grow; you will overcome, and find that life is no joyride, and high school just doesn’t matter anymore.
5. Adults know more than you think they do
Even though I recall as a teenager, being 10 feet tall and bullet proof, listening to those with more experience with less of an attitude would have been a wise choice.
6. High school drama will carry on in life, so learn to deal with it early
Some people will never outgrow their high school persona. Learn how to deal with conflict and carelessness in high school. It prepares you to deal with it for the rest of your life.
7. These aren’t the “best” years of your life
For most, high school is, in fact, the worst part of your life. Grit your teeth and muddle through. Remember, it’s only 4 years.
8. The food does get better
While this isn’t something many people would consider a “deep thought”, I remember the cafeteria food being a major concern of mine at 15. Thankfully, it gets better.
9. Take a stand
If I could go back in time and have a “do over” on high school, I would have told myself to take a stand when I saw people get bullied or pushed around, because it was the right thing to do, despite being the unpopular thing to do.
10. Learn a second language…fluently
Once high school is over, real life begins and if you aren’t prepared it will hit you like a ton of bricks. Use the education to your advantage and learn a new language to be more competitive in a global market.