This is not a post I should be writing. I refuse to admit that I need to say goodbye to being a teenager. How is this happening? What’s going on? I don’t understand!… Okay, I think that’s my panicking over with but I’m not making any promises. 

This feels really weird but yeah. I’m soon going to be saying goodbye to being a teenager and welcoming in my twenties. And whilst I’ll always celebrate my birthday because I’ve managed to make it through another year with all the good, the bad and the ugly, it’s just peculiar to think that I’m going to be a twenty year old. 

My teenage years did teach me a lot though and there’s a lot I’m thankful for. So, I thought I’d share with you guys some of the lessons that I’ve learnt in the past seven years. Alongside an interesting collection of photos from the past seven years. Here goes nothing! 

1) Appreciate your parents

Oh my gosh, I know I’m not the only person growing up who gets annoyed at their parents And it’s natural but don’t ever let that stop you from appreciating them. They’re the people that gave you life and are there for you when you need them. Don’t take them for granted. My parents are my best friends and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Trust. they’ve dealt with everything that you have. Even if it was a good couple of years ago. They’re only ever going to look out for you.

2) GCSEs are NOT the be all and end all

Work hard but please don’t feel like bad GCSEs are going to be the end of your life as you know it. I worked so hard for my GCSE results and I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t over the moon with them. However, I also knew that getting lower grades wouldn’t have been a bad thing. And I probably did not need to put that much pressure on myself.  Sure, the path I was going to take might have needed changing. But teachers put a crazy amount of pressure on students just so that they get the grades that make the school look better. Look after your mental health first and then put the work in.

3) People change really quickly and there’s nothing you can do about it

When most people spoke about people changing, I always thought it would be a gradual thing. Nine times out of ten it isn’t. Or it wasn’t for me at least. Maybe I just didn’t see the signs. But for me, people always seemed to change in the blink on an eye and you just can’t stop it. These things happen and the more you try and resist it, the more that you get hurt. Which brings me on to my next point.

4) Learning to let things go makes life a lot easier

Staying angry and hurt doesn’t make anything better. You move on from things a lot easier when you just learn to let things go. That period of being angry and hurt is fine and it is healthy. But I’ve learnt that holding onto that for dear life ends up making me feel so horrendously bad about the situation when there’s no need. It’s a lot easier to forgive people and move on from what’s happened.

5) Trust you gut instinct, it’s usually right

I’ve tried to fight against my gut instinct before and well… it hasn’t ended well. Don’t try and fight it when you’re got a feeling that something isn’t quite right. Normally there’s a reason for that and it’s worth listening to. Trust me, it’ll save you from a lot of hurt and complications later down the line.