They say that youth is wasted on the young. And one of my favorite songs, ‘Ooh La La’ by The Faces says “I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger.” How true. If only we could live our best days with the wisdom that takes years to acquire.

What would I tell younger me? Here are my top 7 pieces of advice.

  • 1

    Don’t sweat the small stuff.

    That zit will go away, your hair will grow out of that awful cut, and you’re better than those mean girls will ever be.

  • 2

    Your parents have your best interests in mind.

    There is a reason that your parents say no, and it’s usually to protect you. Don’t hate them for loving you. They’re usually right, but it takes years to realize that.

  • 3

    Don’t put your life on hold waiting for that perfect anything.

    Whether it’s the cute guy or girl you were hoping to go out with, that cool car that you can’t afford, or that job that you think you’d be so good at. I’m not saying not to try to reach your goals, but don’t pass up other things waiting for those things to happen.

  • 4

    Be mindful of what you say to people and be compassionate.

    Don’t say hurtful things to people just for the laugh or because you think that others will like you more. Be compassionate and you will have no regrets about how you treated people.

  • 5

    History is super interesting, so pay attention.

    Growing up we didn’t even call the class history. It was social studies and it seemed really boring. Turns out it’s interesting, important and still very relevant.

  • 6

    Forgive yourself

    Don’t beat yourself up for that stupid thing you said or did. We all make mistakes. If you do, simply apologize and move on. And try not to do it again.

  • 7

    And finally, love yourself.

    Stop concentrating on all of your flaws. Chances are you’re the only one that sees them. Concentrate on your strengths and assets. Appreciate yourself and others will appreciate you, too.