Things you wish you had known as a 16 year old? Any regrets and tips to share?
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Do your best in school, definitely. Do your best in high school to get a good scholarship because it would help a lot and besides, you can do it! Take more time to seriously find out what to major in - don't let yourself go through college on autopilot, then wind up barely getting through college and graduating with a degree in something you have no interest in at all.
Don't be afraid to swing a fist if you feel you have to, if you feel that someone has crossed the line. I'm talking about bullies. Don't be afraid of losing the fight - don't hold anything back, banzai-charge and let the bastards have it. Any detentions or trouble you get in is nothing compared to the feeling of unshakable pride that comes from standing up to a bully and putting him in his place.
Stay in shape and don't take up unhealthy habits. Really push yourself, don't just coast through gym and extracurricular sports. Yes, even gym. People might think it's "cool" to slack off but they are only hurting themselves.
Keep reading and listening to lots of good music. It's good to take in lots of creative influences and search for inspiration.
Don't waste time on unnecessary arguments and wasting time on depressing or irritating topics. Avoid politics and the news. Don't listen to doom-and-gloom crap... there is always a way to succeed.
Don't worry about being cool. It doesn't matter at all, in fact a lot of it is dumb. There is no "hierarchy" and you don't want to date the girls who believe in that anyway. Just be you. Keep liking the things that make you happy.
Get started working on creative things you enjoy so that you are really good at them by the time you reach your 20s. Don't give up on things or start believing that you just have to be born talented. You can get better with time and practice!
Don't worry about girls just yet but don't get into the habit of thinking you are ugly and don't get into the habit of having low confidence. Feel good about yourself! You look fine and your interests are fine - work on personality!
Enjoy family, friends, and being young because the time will pass too quickly!0