7 Day Journaling Challenge – Day 4

I have decided to take part in a 7 day journaling challenge as a way of writing in a different format to normal. My aim is to write for about 10 minutes in response to the prompt, tidy up any typos then post my entry here. Feel free to join in…

It’s been a while since I was a teenager, but I work with them every day and am often reminded of what I was like at that age. I look at the young people in front of me and think about how they have their whole lives ahead of them to try new things, to make mistakes and to grow. Sometimes I feel a little envious of that – and then I remember all the drama, angst and pressure that came with being a teenager and realise I’m much better off where I am now!

Teenage me would no doubt be desperate to know how my life would pan out – what would I achieve at university? Who would my friends be? Where would I live? What job would I have? Knowing what the future will bring has been a temptation throughout history, and yet, as a lifelong fan of Back to the Future, I also know that it’s dangerous to know too much about your own future. What if striving so hard to make things work out the way you wanted actually caused the complete opposite to happen? It would be a catastrophe!

Instead, I would tell my teenage self to relax and stop worrying. As I’ve said in a previous post this week, the universe is on our side and is working for us rather than against us. The things that we are supposed to have will come to us, and those we aren’t will pass us by. Everything happens for a reason and even though we may feel disappointment, there is always a larger plan in play. I would tell myself to carry on as I am, to make my choices knowing that I’m making the best decisions I can at that time. We can never know how thing will work out and there’s no point in regretting things we did or did not do in our lives. What would that achieve? Instead, accept that even when things don’t work out as we planned, that had to happen in order to lead us to better things, to achieve what we want to achieve and meet the people who will support us and love us as we deserve to be supported and loved.

Above all else, I would make sure I knew it was ok to make mistakes, ok to change my mind about what I want to do and ok to try new things. Make the choices that will bring happiness, because life will bring plenty of tough times along the way.

Sound life advice. I’m just not sure if teenage me would actually listen!

What one thing would you say to your teenage self?

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