What I Wish I Knew When I Was A Teenager

teenage wisdom

As with most teenage girls, growing up can be an often tough, stressful and weird time. You are constantly worrying about what you look like, who your friends are and where you fit in. Hindsight is 20/20. Here are five things that I wish I knew when I was a teenager.

  1. Stop Worrying About What Others Think…

I would constantly worry about what others thought of me and whether or not they would judge me for my bad hair day or even flubbing an oral presentation. What I wish I knew was that people won’t remember. Yep, you read that right. They won’t. Often times people are so consumed with their own issues and insecurities they aren’t concerned with what others are doing or what they’re wearing or look like. I know for a fact that I barely paid attention to any of my classmate’s presentations in high school. Once I realized that I was worrying so much about something that people wouldn’t even care about… So I stopped worrying.

  1. You’ll Make Friends…

Ah the dreaded first day of high school where you walk in and see all these new faces. It’s the start of a new chapter in one’s life, meaning new friends, new experiences, basically new everything. The pressure of finding your niche and finding friends can be enormous when you are younger. I wish I knew that I would eventually find some amazing friends who I would have throughout the entire four years of high school and even into college.

  1. Believe in Yourself…

This is the most important one. When I was younger I was plagued with self-doubt. I wish I would’ve been my best supporter instead of my worst critic. I wish I knew then that I have my own unique set of talents and I am not like anyone else so I cannot compare myself to anyone else.

  1. Stand Up For Yourself…

It can be hard to speak up and stand up for yourself in certain situations. I can recall numerous situations where I kept quiet and I wish I wouldn’t have. It’s more important to stand for what you believe in than to fit in.

  1. Enjoy Yourself

Yes, getting grades is important and making money is important, but so is having fun and actually experiencing a social life. In the beginning of high school, I definitely focused so much on school and work that I barely carved out any time for myself. Once I decided I was going to experience this time in my life, I made some amazing memories.


Kate Nowlin

Kate is an Indiana based writer currently in school seeking a degree in English with a focus in Professional and Technical writing. With her passion for the written word, Kate hopes to continue pursuing her love for writing.