THESE Are the Things Your 20-Something Self πŸ‘©πŸΌ Wants to Tell πŸ’¬πŸ—―πŸ’­ Your Teen Self πŸ‘§πŸΌ ...

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I don't really have a good opening for this, but I got the idea from reading some articles in the feminist magazine β€œShameless.” They're basically messages from the presumably-adult authors to their teenage selves (β€œDear Teen Erin,” etc).

Even if you're still a teen yourself, I'm sure we can all relate to the idea of hindsight being 20/20.

I don't know about anyone else, but there are a lot of things I've learned in the years since high school that I would've liked to have known back then.

Some things you can only learn from experience, but hearing them from someone who's β€œbeen there” can at least help a little bit.

To that end, here are a few of the things I know now that I wish I'd known when I was younger.

I'm, ahem, slightly older than 20, but they still apply.

1. Live Life at Your Own Pace

This is one thing I'd like to tell my 14-year-old self- just because you haven't had a boyfriend and don't really want one doesn't mean you're gay.

Not that it would be a problem if you were, but people who make that implication (or even say it outright) don't know what they're talking about.

I know some think there is, but there's no set β€œschedule” we're supposed to follow when it comes to dating.

You have your whole life to get jerked around by men before you find the right one.

Speaking of which-

2. Hold out until You're Ready

Sure, maybe your friends are messing around with guys, but that doesn't mean you have to.

Ignore the Red Hot Chili Peppers- don't β€œgive it away, give it away, give it away now” until you're ready.

You want your first times- first date, first kiss, first sex, everything- to be special.

Don't be embarrassed about being innocent;

in fact, I can think of several people right now who would kill to be in your position.

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