You probably think if you had the chance, you’d love to go back to being a teenager. But maybe only knowing what you do now. Because, back in the day, you made mistakes and experienced unnecessary anxiety which stopped your enjoyment of what should have been a great age. We’d have loved to have been aware of the following…
1. Size-12 Is NOT Fat
Even if some of your mates when you were younger were a skinny size-8, you now long to be back in those size-12 clothes that used to fit you just perfectly.
2. Smoking Isn’t Big, Clever Or Cool
Puffing on fags will kill you. It also makes your breath and clothes smell, turns your teeth yellow and was a turn-off for those non-smoking boys you used to fancy – you should have snapped those snouts in half!
3. You Don’t Need To Plaster On Make-up
Your skin was youthful then, yet you piled on the slap! You can remember your dad asking if you were joining the circus because you looked like a clown! Your make-up routine has changed out of necessity over the years – you need to wear more these days to look human.
4. Everyone Knew Your Tan Was Fake
You thought you looked like you’d holidayed in an exotic location. But your tan was fooling no-one! Your hands were too brown where you hadn’t washed the fake stuff off after application and you looked a very odd colour.
5. Being Trollied Isn’t Attractive
Nobody looks attractive when they’re drunk. But at least with boys they don’t end up with make-up on their cheeks and their hair all over the place. And, if you’re really hammered, let’s hope you ended up hurling in a nightclub loo, with a mate holding your hair back, rather than publicly on your way home!
6. Your Bum DIDN’T Look Big In Those Jeans!
In fact it looked perfectly peachy in those flattering-cut styles you liked to wear! You don’t even know why you were even worried, or why you felt the need to ask anyone, especially now big bums are in fashion!
7. Tottering About Is Ridiculous
You loved high heels. You couldn’t walk in them. You didn’t care. You thought you looked sexy as you sauntered along in your stilettos, You did, until you stumbled and almost fell flat on your face. Mind you, those cobbles weren’t helping!
8. Grandparents Are So Important
You were lucky enough to have your grandparents around, and wish you’d spent more time visiting them. You found it a chore because they used to tell stories about the old days and make you watch repeats of Heartbeat. But now they’re no longer here, you long to hear another one of their nostalgic tales…
9. Not To Send Saucy Pics To Your Boyfriend
He was your first real love and so you sent him a tasteful topless shot (nothing too sleazy) to show him you loved him. How were you to know that when you broke up, he’d post that picture on social media?! In the words of the old romance books you used to love – what a cad!
10. You Don’t Need To Be Super Trendy
Wearing the latest clothes was an obsession. But you made ridiculous choices. Amongst a fashion faux pas you’re willing to admit to are some dungaree-style shorts, colour-clashed with an orange bikini. Although as you can see from this shot, the boys were making mistakes of their own!
11. Nobody’s Leaving You A Bean!
Aunt Mary was loaded, everybody said so. She lived in a great big house didn’t have any kids and was bound to leave her favourite niece a little something (or even a fortune) in her will. That didn’t happen. Turned out Auntie had to remortgage her house as it was basically falling down and she died with debts and a decrepit old building – not leftover lolly for you!
12. You DO Need Some Education
Too cool for school? Don’t be ridiculous! Studying hard will help you land a great job or get you into a college or uni in an exciting town. You’ve not done too bad, but if you’d worked harder, who knows where you could be now? Perhaps you’d have earned enough dosh to have packed up work and now you’re spending most of your time visiting far-flung, exotic locations.
13. Listen To Advice
You always thought your Mum was nagging. Seems she just wanted the best for you. You’re older now and able to appreciate that she meant well and had the best intentions. You hope you’re able to give such sound advice to the teenagers in your life. That way, when they’re grown up, they won’t be able to compile a list like this!
What do you wish you’d known when you were a teen? Let us know below…