It’s hard to be young. The world doesn’t always make as much sense as one might wish it did. I surely didn’t understand life at age 15. It took many years to even know what I know now. Here are a few things I wish I did know at that age.
Even if you’re unpopular, it’s actually possible to find people to talk to. I went to a small school, but I never really fit in with most of the people there. I was shy and scared, so I mainly talked to people who approached me first. I regret not making a bigger effort back in those days. Who knows who might’ve become my friends?
Don’t chase boys. Even if you have a crush on one of them, just be a real friend to him instead. If he likes you, he’ll let you know.
Drinking pop (or soda) and eating junk food is not cool, no matter how much you see it in high school. It took me years to realize that these things are just plain unhealthy.
Don’t hurry through homework just to get it done. I used to do that all the time. It hurt my grades. Now I know that I never lived up to my potential.
Don’t live your life just to please others. I used to give into doing things for some people just for the sake of making them happy. I wasn’t happy, but they were. I learned much later in life that it’s the easiest way to let people take advantage of you, and that’s no way to live life. Be wise about who hangs out with you and when.
Don’t waste time watching a lot television outside of school. It just makes it harder to live life to the fullest.
Find ways to help others. Whether it’s through a simple ‘hello’ or a full out volunteer activity, be kind to whoever you can. Everyone else is going through a confusing time, too, and they need help along the way as well. You never know whose life might be put in a better direction through any random nice act.
Don’t worry about what’s popular and what isn’t. Just focus on what’s right instead. Once you get older, you’ll either regret the popular choices or think it was all just plain silly anyway.
Don’t be lukewarm. As a new Christian at that time, I did hold the belief that one could have the world and Jesus, too. That’s a problem many young teenage Christians struggle with to some extent, and I knew I did for sure. I regret not listening for God’s direction right after my conversion. Life could’ve been much better at that age.
Find ways to work outside of school. Even if it’s just volunteering somewhere, it’s great preparation for the future.
I can’t change the past. What’s most important is to live for the right now. Anyone can start towards the right choices at any age, including the age of 15. It’s not too late or too early.