Adulthood has its ups and downs, but there's nothing quite like the trenches that are our teens. This week, Twitter users are reminiscing about high school hell and the freedom of being underage, and offering up the advice they'd give to their younger selves with the trending hashtag, #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe.
Fifteen is a uniquely frustrating time. Graduation is nowhere in sight, and you aren't legally allowed to drive yourself out of oblivion quite yet. You might look like an adult by now, but definitely have the brain of a kid (which will keep developing for the next 10 years, apparently). The world is right at your fingertips, but, then again, everything seems so far out of reach. There are adults who will tell you that adolescence is one of the greatest times in your life, but such comments usually seem like hilarious, out-of-touch jokes. There is nothing awesome about braces, acne, cliques, and bad sex ed.
Here's what Twitter users would tell their 15-year-old selves:
1. Your Friends Now Might Not Be Your Friends Later
Trust your parents when they say those "friends" are fake. They know, listen to them. #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— ∞ Andrea ∞ (@AndreaArizaga) January 14, 2017
don't try to save a friendship/relationship if you're the only one putting in effort to save it #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— michelle (@michelleerauhl) January 14, 2017
#WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe Peoples opinions don't matter. All the people who you know now, won't be around you in 10 years. So do you!— PentatonixFairy (@PentatonixFairy) January 13, 2017
2. Being Popular Is Not All It's Cracked Up To Be
Being popular is overrated and won't matter in 10 years. Go ahead. Be friends with the "weirdos". #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— Jamie Lynn 🏄🏼♀️ (@jamielynn8282) January 13, 2017
#WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe The girls who are popular in high school were popular only in high school. 🐸☕️— Julia (@JuliaSlezak1) January 14, 2017
Most popular people in school turned out to be biggest losers in life. So focus on studying & not pleasing them. #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— Parveen Agnihotri (@Parveen_Comms) January 14, 2017
3. Study Hard
#WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe stay strong the world is so cold baby girl keep your head in the books and never forget to love yourself .— ️ (@dominicanraq) January 14, 2017
4. Cool It With The Internet, Kid
#WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe STOP POSTING SELFIES ON FACEBOOK WITH UNRELATED AND UNNECESSARY CAPTIONS ONCE EVERY 2 HOURS FFS— naj (@mashedpotates) January 16, 2017
5. Your Dating Life Doesn't Define You
Your worth is not measured by the presence or absence of a boyfriend. Nor others opinions of your looks. #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— Cathy Williams (@cathywilliams66) January 14, 2017
#WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe being alone is the best thing ever stop being sad over seeing other people go out all the time— holly🎇 (@KanuHolly) January 14, 2017
6. Your Dating Life Will Get Better
#WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe the guy you're dating now isn't going to be your forever but it's okay, better things will come along soon after— zoey (@zoeypky) January 15, 2017
#WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe I promise, the depression will go away, he wasn't worth it, if he loved you he wouldn't have hurt you— ❄Mercy❄ (@RaisedRedneck15) January 14, 2017
In 20yrs, that guy ignoring you will be a human dumpster fire. You'll laugh at him on something called Facebook. #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— shauna (@goldengateblond) January 13, 2017
7. Your Intuition Is Sometimes Right
#WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— ThePublicGadfly (@ThePublicGadfly) January 13, 2017
You are right, you will NEVER use algebra again in your life.
8. Just Be Yourself, It Feels Better
Stop actively suppressing your nerdiness #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— Jorge Franco 🤖 (@jlfranco5) January 13, 2017
It's okay to be yourself & to enjoy doing what you want to do, not what you think others would like you to do. #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— David Mo (@GoDavidMo) January 14, 2017
Dude, fitting in during high school is NOT important!!!! BE YOURSELF! #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— Leah Nadeau (@ArtbyLeahNadeau) January 14, 2017
9. It's Going To Be OK
You'll be okay. Everything will be okay. No, no. They are not staring at you. It's just your anxiety. #WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe— 🕊 (@exonied) January 15, 2017
#WhatIWouldTellA15YearOldMe Let life do its thing. Things are going to be tough in the coming years, but you'll be alright.— Saran Anandan (@saran_anandan_) January 16, 2017
If I could give my 15-year-old self one bit of advice, it would be to lighten up and not take everything so seriously. However, I know 15-year-old me would probably scowl at that and refuse to take advice from anyone, which makes me kind of miss those angsty days.