10 Things I Would Tell Myself As A Teenager:

You know how your parents always used to give you advice about the world and told you that one day you would appreciate the life lessons they were trying to impose on you. That time like every other snot nosed whelp, when you were young, a free spirit, never paid attention and thought you knew better. Yes, you know what I’m talking about and I’m sure you are hoping it’s one of those moments at work where you look up from your screen with a smirk on your face to see if someone just happens to be reading the exact same post as you and is able to relate telepathically by returning a smile.

This Is Your Reality…Side Note:

That moment you think you have, where you hope another person relates because they just happen to be reading the same content as you. Is more than likely one-sided. It usually involves you giggling hysterically at something random and the other person in the office staring at you and smiling disconcertingly because they are concerned about your mental health.

Anyway…Back To The Post:

Well, today I thought about this and I’ve realized two things for certain. One: My parents were right. Two: I would never listen to anyone at that age with the exception of myself because I knew what was best and everyone else was irrelevant. Being this stubborn meant the only way I saw the vicious cycle of ignorance changing, would have been for me, to somehow send a message to myself, in the past.

So these are the 10 things I would have shared with myself:

  1. Never trust anyone when it comes to a deal, a purchase or an agreement no matter how sincere they may be. Overlook things and you can find a knife in your back. Yes, you become cynical, deal with it
  2. Be patient. Waiting for the right moment can be priceless no matter what the situation
  3. Never buy a car on HP. The new car fad isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and you will never recover that money you bleed on a monthly basis. 2nd hand cars work just as well if you service them properly
  4. Being cool or caving in to social pressures is not a long-term goal and adds no value to your life during or after school. It means nothing at the end of the day
  5. Save or invest as much of your expendable income as possible. That little bit becomes a hell of a lot later in life #Truestory
  6. Be yourself and don’t try to be something you are not. People need to accept you for who you are. You’ve got better things to do with your life. Like living it
  7. Don’t work to live. Rather live to work. Your life is going to be fairly long if all goes well and it’s important that you love what you do as a career
  8. Invest time in your after school studies. You’ve got the rest of your life to live. Do it while you are still young and have the drive
  9. Confide in the ones you love and be honest. You are not alone in this world and it’s not out to get you all the time. This works both ways though. You need to trust your parents and they need to trust you to make the right decisions in your life
  10. Listen to your parents wisdom. Your most important life lessons come from your parents. It’s the most valuable information you will ever acquire and it costs you nothing. Don’t be such an impossible troll

Fortunately, I’ve managed to figure out the rest of the general solution due in part, as much as I hate to admit it, to my parents wisdom and worldly experience. Although much to my surprise, and my own personal little victory, there was one thing my parents did get wrong. They said I would miss my school years once I started working. But if I’m honest, I hated it. It was boring and I didn’t get paid to be in school like I do now for being at work. Nonetheless, we all agree that it’s an important stepping stone. The truth is that you just have to suck it up and deal with it. School gives you discipline and a well-rounded entry-level education to function in society which is an absolute necessity. That’s all there is to it.

On a personal note, all I can hope to achieve other than seeing the day and age of time travel. Is to find the wisdom I need to successfully pass on the life lessons I have learned to my son. So that he can have a better future. Provided the little turd listens…


2 thoughts on “10 Things I Would Tell Myself As A Teenager:

  1. Some time in the future son, an older, wiser J will be sitting in a room somewhere, a glazed look will come into his eyes and that lightbulb hovering over his head will suddenly illuminate…

    “Hell, my old man knew what he was talking about”, BUT, will he admit it publicly ?

    Sure he will, he’s a mini you, and no matter when he learns it, as long as he does learn it, because then he can also teach his children (repeat cycle)

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