Have you seen The Conversation? It’s a programme hosted by Amanda de Cadenet, in which she interviews female celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Fonda, Jaime King, Amber Valletta and Chelsea Handler. They’re some of the most honest, revealing and inspiring interviews you’ll ever see. You can watch them here.
At the end of each show she asks her interviewees the same quick-fire questions, one of which is what they’d tell their 14-year old self. It got me thinking about the advice I’d give my teenage self (pictured above!) if I got the chance. This is what I’d say…
Don’t get a perm
You’ll end up spending a lot of money on mousse and a lot of time under a diffuser hairdryer. Your hair will be so loaded with product you’ll be able to lift one strand and the whole lot will come with it. This is not a good look on you (or anyone).
On a similar tip don’t pluck your eyebrows
They’re perfectly fine as they are.
Spend more time with your girlfriends
They’ll be in your life a lot longer than the boys you think you’re in love with.
Consider taking maths beyond GCSE
There’s this thing that’s going to be huge, it’s called the internet. I won’t tell you too much, it’d blow your mind but, trust me, maths is going to be useful.
Take more photographs
All those nights spent dancing until dawn in Leeds, Manchester, London, Ibiza, Tenerife and, erm, Newquay? They need to be recorded. Oh and don’t throw away all your Haçienda mixtapes. At least not until Shazam’s invented.
Don’t take life so seriously
Smile often. Laugh more. Laugh until tears roll down your face as often as you can.
Stop worrying so much about what other people think
Remember, what other people think of you is none of your business. The haters are gonna hate. There isn’t anything you can do about it.
Travel as often as you can
Go as far away as possible. And stay for as long as you can. Without breaking the rules of your visa, obviously.
To be fair it might be hard to find a yoga class in West Yorkshire in the 1990s but I’m pretty confident you’ll find one when you leave home for university. Life’s better when you yoga.
Make the most of the time you have with your mum
She won’t be around forever.
And one last thing…
It gets better. I promise.
What would you tell your teenage self? And, as it’s #throwbackthursday, do share your teenage photographs over on Instagram with the hashtag #rockmythrowback. I can’t wait to hear what you’d say and, of course, see your photos! And yes, I know there aren’t any pictures of the perm above (although you can kind of see it in the Polaroid). I think I must have destroyed all photographic evidence…