*8 Things I Highly Recommend You Do In Your Teens

8things from Magpie Girl I think that I’ve been having a mid life crisis. Not a wish washy one either. I mean, no one is having an affair or buying a sports care or anything-but it’s defiantly at least a Class 3 existential meltdown.

One of the things I’ve been doing on my crisis is regretting much of my youth. I’ve been naming a lot of things as “wasted” and wishing I had a fistful of do-overs. 

Until today.

Today I decided that instead of regret, I would mine my past for wisdom. I would stir these longings around and use them to create some advice for the lovelies coming up behind me.

I’ll be giving this unsolicited advice decade by decade over the next two Thursdays. Here’s my first installment on thing sthat will prep peeps for life ahead, and let them seize their teenage day.

 *8 Things I Highly Recommend You Do in Your Teens.

 1. Do It. If you are over 15, and you are seriously in love with a boy/girl–for more than a few weeks, please–and you want to sleep with them, feel free. (More on this theory here.)

2. Wear a bikini. I know you may feel fat, but you look goddamn fantastic. Celebrate the body you have now while everything is UP where it started.

3. Learn how to write a research paper. I cannot tell you what decent writing and research skills will do for you.

4. Forget the ‘dictorians. Get good-to-great, not great -to-fantastic grades. The Ivy League is overrated. For most people, 4.0’s will not be required. You might as well enjoy your youth.

5. Learn to drive a stick shift. (Have someone other than your parents teach you.)

6. Take a foreign language — not one year, every year of high school. If you live in California, Texas, Arizona, or New Mexico this language should be Spanish. (Respect!)

7. Do what you are afraid of: sports, drama, circus training, spending the summer away from home. This is the era of carpe diem.

8. Carry these things with you: a tampon, a condom, enough money to cab home, and a few reliable phone numbers WRITTEN ON PAPER. (In a crisis I can virtually guarantee your cell battery WILL run out and you WILL discover you don’t have anyone’s phone numbers memorized.)

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Silvia March 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm

1. check 2. have never worn one… 3. did that too 4. i was told i could graduate cum laude if i studied a little harder. I ignored that advise and focused on English because I wanted to get a 9 on my diploma and guess what. Got it. I’m so very proud of that until this day. More than I could ever be of graduating cum laude just because other people thought I should have done that. 5. I learned to drive a car but never got a driving lisence. I have an issue with (not) finishing things…. 6. In Holland we all have to study English and than German or French. I studied French, yet I haven’t used the language in 9+ years so all I remember is bonjour ;) 7. i wonder if i truly did that… 8. Still carry those things with me. Not everywhere though.

This was actually really fun to do/think about. And number one definitely brought back memories. Happy memories!

Susan Young March 19, 2009 at 11:38 pm

We had 2 stick shift vehicles, so I was forced to learn – an excellent strategy. The very first time my dad took me out to practice I jumped a curb and stalled the vehicle. This was a matter of months before his heart attack (poor guy survived – he had to help me finish learning to drive!).

Bethany March 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

I love this. (The “have someone other than your parents teach you” made me laugh… and cry a wee bit at the traumatic memories. :) ) I’m curious how many of these things you accomplished in your teens?
I’m bookmarking this list to re-read when my girls get older; I appreciate every glimpse I can get into what a wonderful teenagehood would look like for them.

Kel March 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

a sign of the times
phone numbers WRITTEN ON PAPER


Tonya March 20, 2009 at 2:11 am

I have one I would add to your list…EXPERIMENT while in high school (and extend that into college). Experiment with your hair, your clothes, your music, your personality. Do all the edgy things you need to while in high school. Rebel during high school. Get piercings and dye your hair green while in high school (if you are into piercings and dying your hair of course). Date that really cute skater boy. These things only get harder to do as you get older (and the cute skater boys usually don’t stay cute and/or skaters). And if you can define your rebellious/experimental self a little more while you’re young, you’ll save some yourself some trouble and lots of time (and maybe regret) when you’re older.

Stacey March 20, 2009 at 3:38 am

this post had me laughing and almost crying. i can relate to the existential struggle and i like your spin- instead of regret, mine your past for wisdom. wow, that’s transformative. thank you.

Paula March 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I love this post! And I would say that the one regarding the -dictorians is great.

It is way more important to concentrate on content rather than titles.

So many of these -dictorians don’t really know the subject but rather aced a test then let it go.

Stacey March 21, 2009 at 4:18 am

i’m not savvy enough to get a button, but i created a list, too. thanks for the inspiration.

John December 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I can see a point to all those things for girls… but I’m a guy, so item one of no8 leaves me wondering… Would I get away with the excuse that I’m carrying a tampon encase I get a really bad nose bleed!?… lol!…

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