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25 things I’d tell my Teenage Self

I recently turned 22 and as I look back on the past and compare myself to the old version of me — there are so many thoughts I wish I had known when I was younger. Because of that, I thought of creating a list I wish I would have said to my teenage self.

The 25 things I’d tell my Teenage Self:

  1. Enjoy life and explore. I never thought that you would lose the interest to live at such a young age. Honey, you are blessed and loved, you must go and enjoy your life.
  2. Stop over-thinking. Don’t dwell on something that won’t benefit you.
  3. Love your family and cherish them. They are your best friends.
  4. Jesus isn’t your religion. Jesus is your Lord and Savior. He can rescue you from your dark past and forgive you. Surrender your life to Him.
  5. Don’t run away from your family, especially from your mom. She loves you and thinks of you every night.
  6. Don’t take for granted those people who love you, and stop chasing people who barely even notice your existence.
  7. Be a good example to your little brother and love him even if he annoys you.
  8. Stop any wrong relationship. Don’t be unfair to your future husband, he’s praying for you.
  9. Study well. You will regret neglecting it someday.
  10. Don’t hate your life and think of losing it before you reach your adulthood. God has plans for your life.
  11. Don’t be a “whatever listener”.
  12. Enjoy your age. You are young, stop thinking as if you are a 28-year-old woman
  13. Love your reflection in the mirror. From now on, that will be your life.
  14. Love is sacrificial, not just a mere emotion.
  15. Just write.
  16. Love your friends. Confide in them. True friends won’t judge you.
  17. It’s okay to trust people.
  18. Go to church, honey. Church is not just for holy people, it is home for the lost and broken people.
  19. You are still beautiful, even though you’re no longer that little princess.
  20. Enjoy your high school years. 
  21. Don’t be afraid to speak up yourself. Believe in yourself.
  22. I love you no matter what you have become.
  23. Don’t fear change. Learn to accept it, it would be your buddy.
  24. Step out of your comfort zone and step out in faith. 
  25. Chase your dreams.

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How about you, could you relate any of these? 🙂

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  • Reply
    Kristine B
    November 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    you are very mature for a 22 year old young gal. I honestly realized those kinds of things when I reached my mid or late twenties. I can relate to almost everything you said. Enjoy your life, Jonine. P.S You are beautiful and incredibly young looking at your 22. 🙂

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      December 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Aww, thank you so much for the compliment, Kristine!

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    Richel V.
    December 6, 2015 at 3:42 am

    I relate to so much especially to number 5 and 22. Maybe everyone went through the “I hate everything” phase but looking back, I don’t even know why I acted the way I did. Especially back in high school. Still, it’s fun to see just how much I’ve grown as a person.
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      December 6, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      I agree. Thank you so much for sharing, Richel.

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