5 things I wish I’d known when I was 13…

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1. You will get your heart broken.

Unless you marry your first and only boyfriend it is inevitable that your heart will be broken at least once. It’s horrible, painful and feels like you’ll never love again, but you will. ‘Time heals all wounds’ is clichéd but very true. As never-ending as it might seem, you will get over it.

You may also break someone else’s heart, which is equally horrible, and will fill you with a horrendous pang of guilt every time you remember his name or his favourite song. If you can avoid doing this, then good. You just need to know it might happen.

2. Having a boyfriend is not the most important thing right now.

I know it seems like the most important thing in the world right now, and it sucks that some of your friends have one already, but having a boyfriend isn’t everything. It’s nice to have someone to hold your hand, but there’s a time and a place and honestly it’s kinda cringey to watch two teenagers locking lips behind the Maths block.

Enjoy not worrying about boys and relationships. Your childhood will be over before you know it, and you’ll look back and wonder why you ever had a crush on him!

3. Stop worrying about your weight. Size zero is NOT attractive!

Trashy celebrity magazines that say you’re too big and that size zero is the way young girls should look are wrong. You’re perfect the way you are – you haven’t even stopped growing yet! Stop reading them and find a better role model than the stick insects filling all those must-have magazines.

When you are older and enjoying life you will see that there are more important things in life than losing weight. If when you’re older and still not happy about the way you look, then do something about it. Just be happy in your own skin.

4. The day will come where there will be no more exams, essays or homework. And it will be glorious.

Yes, you read that right. There will come a day where you have no homework to do. At all. Long nights and alarms waking you up at stupid o’clock because you just couldn’t be bothered to finish your science homework last night will be no more!

It may seem that all your time is occupied by homework and exam revision, but it won’t be like this forever. You will enjoy the world of work, and you might even enjoy taking some work home when you’re older. I know it’s hard revising for subjects you don’t enjoy, but revising now and getting the grades means you won’t have to do it later. All this revision now means less revision in the future and more time to work on something you enjoy!

5. Your mother is right about almost everything.

I can’t believe I wrote that statement, let alone agree with it. More than ten years on I now realise all those arguments and tellings-off were most probably because mum was looking out for me. It wasn’t all her fault – a lot of it lies at my door.

Taking a coat on a night out, wearing smaller heels to parties and not wearing make-up to impress boys are all good ideas. We forget that our mothers have been through this with their mothers, and they pass on what they learnt to us. In the immortal words of The Spice Girls:

“Back then I didn’t know why, why you were misunderstood, So now I see through your eyes, all that you did was love” – Mama, The Spice Girls.

So listen to your mother! She really cares.

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