What I Wish I Knew Sooner


Ever wish you could go back in time and give yourself a smack upside the head? We all have those moments, and my moment was the time that I decided to take the dog for a walk while wearing roller skates. It was not my brightest moment and I still have the scar from where the skate rubbed my skin raw, but other than that we all make stupid mistakes that we wish we could take back. That is what makes life so interesting, and also allows us to teach others what NOT to do. So here are some tips that I have found and learned that I wish I’d known sooner.


  • Don’t stick things ANYwhere in your body

This makes for a funny story now but at the time it was kind of embarrassing. My junior year of high school (and it was a magical time) for some reason or another I was bored. What do most bored people do? Play with things that they probably should not be doing. Fast forward a few months and I was at the doctor for an appointment and I ended up with a sinus infection and a strange object in my ear. I had to go to a special doctor to get it removed. Turns out the strange object in my ear was a pencil eraser. Seriously. So yeah, all I can say for advice is to please not stick anything in your ear or anywhere else.

  • If it hurts, DON’T DO IT AGAIN!

Now this is one I got off a list of things from a book called Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III which growing up this list was my Bible basically.  This is pulled off a list of things appropriately called “What I Wished I’d Known Sooner.” So basically this one speaks for itself, unless it is your job and I pray that it is not but if you get hurt please don’t do it again. For some things try, try again but in this case unless it is something you are really, really into; please be smart and don’t do it again.

  • Get out of university by age 22. Don’t be the person who refuses to graduate.

We all know someone like this. That person that loves to learn and grow and become super seniors. I know most people think that the more education they get the better jobs they will get. In a couple cases, lawyer and doctor is this true. Between you and me, most jobs only require at most a bachelor’s degree and less than a decade’s worth of experience. Do yourself a favor and graduate when you are young, if you want to go to school. Although unless you want to become a teacher, don’t let school become your life. Everybody has to leave at some point. Before I forget to mention it, I got this tip from another blog so shout out to Sell Out Your Soul, for this tip.

  • Drive slow. Not everyone gets out of their twenties alive.

This tip also comes to us from Sell Out Your Soul, but honestly it is very important. The speed limit is there for a reason, so please drive the speed limit. It can honestly save a life in case something were to happen. I have seen so much at a young age because honestly people don’t know how to drive, and it is been even worse with the invention of texting. So while I really don’t want to get under people’s skin about it. Please be safe, and please be smart. Don’t be a speed demon, and honestly if you are the person who honks at people going the speed limit stop because they are trying to be safe whether you like it or not. Yes sometimes it isn’t safe but sometimes it is easier to just go the posted speed limit than have to sit at the side of the road waiting for my speeding ticket.

  • When you do connect deeply with one person, be serious about it. Work at it. Be open and honest with your significant other. It is a rare and wondrous thing to be in relationship, so make every effort to preserve and improve and deepen it.

Love is magical. Unfortunately romance movies make love out to be something that it is not. Like everything else in life; relationships take time. The best things in life are relationships with people, and this is coming from someone who loves to cuddle. Also pillow talk is good, as the most important thing you can do besides not go to bed angry with your significant other, is to communicate, communicate, and communicate. Communication is key in a relationship and while somedays it might feel like tug of war don’t give up. You never know what might happen so treasure every moment with your partner. Before I forget to mention it, this tip comes to us from an article in the Huffington Post called, “52 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self.”

  • Forgive. And forgive again. You may never forget, but for your own sake, forgive. And try to forget.

This tip also comes from the same article in the Huffington Post but honestly it is so true. If you don’t forgive then things can become poisonous so try to forgive someone even though it seems hard. We can’t change the past but we can try to have a better future. So honestly sometimes it’s better to forgive and forget because you never know when you have to see that person again, or even when you will not see that person again.

  • Thinking you’re the smartest person around is a mistake.

Before I forget to mention it, this blog post comes to us from a blog called Self Stairway. This one is important because honestly how many people do we know that like to think they are smart but really aren’t? I know so many people like this and honestly in my general opinion they are idiots. Not to mention we will look back ten years from now and question why the heck we did something. We are not smarter than anyone else so why do we think that we are? Honestly we are not smarter than anyone else.

  • Your mother will know if you dye your hair purple.

This is a tip that I found from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul  III and honestly I put it on here because well, it is kinda true. Most parents will know when you have decided to dye your hair purple. So next time you think about dyeing your hair try to think twice about it.

  • It’s okay to be different.

This is something that gets overlooked so much. As our society tries to go to looking a certain way or acting a certain way we forget that we are unique for a reason. We think our lives are all about image and while that may be somewhat true to a certain degree, we just can’t all go and look the same. Do you know how boring life will be then? Honestly this is the thing that I wish that we could all learn. So next time you are out trying to do something just be yourself because it is okay to be different.

So while I hope that you take this advice and learn to use it in the future, that probably will never happen. So while you can ignore this advice, I know many of you will attempt to use this advice to help you. So next time you are thinking about something that could be seen as being stupid please stop and think. After all as the saying goes, what happens today ends up on YouTube tomorrow!

Author: Courtney Swessinger

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