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Advice for my 15 year old self

Tanya Hennessy

I recently turned 30, and I’m feeling very reflective.

The clarity and self-confidence you develop in your late 20s/early 30s is something I wished I had when I was a teenager. I love my older wiser brain!

So I thought I would write some advice for my 15 year old self.

  • Just because the sausage rolls are cheap at the canteen doesn’t mean you need four of them. A day.
  • You did not need to save $700 to buy inflatable furniture for your adult house. It goes out of fashion quick.
  • Why did you ignore boys in your class and then run home to talk to them on MSN/ICQ for hours?
  • You weren’t as fat as you thought you were. When you’re 30 you will wish you were as fat as you thought you were at 15. Girl, you shoulda worn a shorter school skirt and a gold bikini top to school.
  • Maths is not a place to write notes to your friends, listen you idiot… because now you can’t add!
  • Impulse was not an antiperspirant.
  • Butterfly clips didn’t need to be worn. Yet, you insisted on wearing 40 a day.
  • You will always fail the beep test in PE. Don’t take it personally, you weren’t born to run. You were born to sit.
  • Don’t straighten your hair with an iron.
  • The OC and Dawson’s Creek weren’t real life!
  • Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks of you.
  • Push through the fear of failing.
  • You’re not perfect. No one is. EVERYONE is flawed. Even the popular girls.
  • Listen to your parents and older/wiser people in your life; they are genuinely trying to help you.
  • Don’t try so hard to fit in.
  • Stop being so damn hard on yourself.
  • Always, relentlessly, be yourself… you’re unique. You weren’t born to fit in.
  • What you were bullied and teased at school, will be what you get paid for when you grow up.
  • Also…invest in Facebook.

I would love to hear your advice to your 15 year old self. Tweet me or hit me up on the HIT1047 Facebook or my personal page!


Tanya Hennessy

I’m a Newcastle girl who started life as an actor, dabbled in comedy, and now do breakfast radio at HIT104.7 Canberra. After graduating from my degree in theatre from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, I spent the majority of my early and mid-twenties as a clown and a prostitute. (Literally, I was a clown at Luna Park in Sydney and worked for Opera Australia as an actor, and I was ALWAYS a hooker…. Mum's proud). What else? Well, I am a mess of a human. Nothing ever goes right for me. Even Lena Dunham would judge my messy life. I recently campaigned for adults to be able to order children’s meals in cafes and pubs. I love comedy and sitting down. I also love grated cheese. More about the Author

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