13 Pieces of Advice Your 18 Year Old Self Needs To Hear
Graduation season always brings out the "what's your advice for graduates?" topics. Well, I have a slightly different version. If you could go back, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self? I asked on Facebook, and these are the best responses (in no particular order).
I would tell myself to STOP smoking, that my mom will have an 8 year battle with lung cancer. Don't settle down so young.
Take your meds. Go to counseling. Learn to say no. Breathe. It will be okay.
Go to college and don't settle for someone that doesn't treat you right!
Get plugged in to the people who are closest to you. You reap the rewards when you show them you care.
Stay away from the hot guys (they're all trouble) and finish your schooling!
Take the scholarship even if the school is far away...
You are NOT in this alone, nor do you have to be!
Spend more time laughing and less time cleaning. Friends and acquaintances are not the same - spend your energy with friends. It is OK to cheat at Monopoly.
Hang on to hope.
Anybody remember the song "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen"? Listen to it. I wish I had listened harder back in the day, hell I wish that song would have come out about 10 years before it did!!
The universe rolls on its own. You don't have to get out and push.
Spend more time with mom and dad...and, record a few conversations with mom. I won't tell 18 year old me that they both die by the early 90's and THAT'S why he should do those things. But I will stress the recording. I don't know what my mom's voice sounds like anymore.