7 Things Every Teenager Should Know

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.~Douglas Adams

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Don’t you sometimes wish you could hijack the DeLorean from the ‘Back to the Future’ movie and go back in time to give the younger you some swift and sharp lessons in life?

Well, you’re here now — older and wiser with experience under your belt — and the pipeline dream of procuring time machines probably just isn’t going to happen.  The brighter side of it is that we can at least enlighten future generations of the deeper meanings behind some really profound truths.

Here’s a list of things I wish I knew when I was a little know-it-all:

1. Thoughts Create Things

 Ah, if only I knew about the Law of Attraction at 16 years of age — all the mischief I could have brought about.  Well, maybe it was for the best.  Seriously though, how cool would it have been to know, back then, that your thoughts are prerequisite to actually manifesting whatever you want in your life!?!

2. You Can Do or Be Anything

Yup, some of you may have had hippie parents telling you this but for some of us it just wasn’t the case.  You needed good grades and to get a job that pays well — you know, the 9-5 job and the white picket fence deal?

My parents, God bless them, probably were only handing down precious information that they had learned from their parents, ‘get a steady job that pays the bills, there is no money to be made in mucking about with paint or playing the guitar’.  Oh, how wrong they were!  The sky is the limit with your dreams — go for it, guns blazing into the setting sun shouting ‘Yeehaw!’.

3. You Always have a Choice

Life is all about choices, we make them to get in and out of trouble.  You never set yourself up with anything you can’t get yourself out of — within reason, of course.  So a message for mini-me would have been:  Try to view things from a different perspective, there is always a solution to a problem if you are quite enough to hear the inner wisdom that is always inherent.  Life doesn’t just randomly happen to you if you take responsibility for your choices.

4. To Forgive is Divine

If only I had known back then that to hold a grudge means extra baggage for you.  This can even, in some cases, manifest as physical weight.

5. Taking Things Personally is Disempowering

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and tastes but there is no ‘blanket’ rule over what is the truth as there are over 7 billion different perspectives on earth right now.

I was told, in the younger years, not to ‘listen’ to people if they caused me any distress but I didn’t truly get that when I am insulted I am actually agreeing with what has been flung on my doorstep.  If only I learned to dodge those landmines sooner, I would have a lot less BS to scrape off my boots later on down the line!

6. Conforming is Boring

I wish I could seriously implant this into the brains of the youth of today, it’s just that important!  Don’t try to be who you are not.  Everyone wants an original not a copy.  Duh!  Thinking out of the box is not even an option — burn the box!  No boxes anymore, boxes are for things not ideas or people.

7. Being Weird is just so Damn Cool

Well, this one just flows so nicely from being a non-conformist.  It’s just completely stimulating being different.  I mean, come on, look at all those Barbie’s and Ken’s out there — yeah, it’s a nice bit of eye-candy, but really?  For real?

Nah, I prefer someone with a bit more kick, vooma and soul — even if the facial features are slightly askew, hell, isn’t that what makes people intriguing?  Give me David Bowie over Ashton Kutcher any day (nothing personal, Ashton, I’m just a girl with out-of-the-ordinary taste).

So, little Cherie from the past, this is what I would have loved to have been able to time travel to tell you about.

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.”

― Mother Teresa

Original article written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Purpose Fairy

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21 thoughts on “7 Things Every Teenager Should Know

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  17. Great post! I always think about how different high school would have been if I knew then what I know now but since I can’t go back I’ll make sure to share the wisdom with my future kids.


  18. Great mix of art, writing and thought here today! I do kind of wish I could go back some days, but only if I could take today’s perspective and experience with me. I want no part of going through all that growing up stuff again. 🙂 Grateful for the look back, you are one talented person!


    • Thank you, Jonathan.

      I have to agree with you, there’s no way I would want to go through all that again but it would have been nice to know then what I know now. 🙂 Life is just so different to how I thought it was back then. Oh well, I suppose it’s all part of the game.


      • Exactly, I agree. I have lived much of my life with no understanding of the game at all. I am still learning. I often think that if I knew then what I know now, there wouldn’t have been the challenges and missteps, that I have taken on occasion. Like you said, the imperfections are what make us unique and human. Makes for great thought and something to write about. Which I hope I will today. Thanks for the motivation. Your blog is one of my favorites, art and great thought.


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