For Janine Monty, a typical week used to involve work, exercise, socialising. Now, walking around…
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.