Things I would tell my 16yo self

Sometimes, I find myself thinking about all the things I wish I knew, or, did differently when I was about 16 years old. So, here’s a list of them. But first let’s start with a comparison. Here’s a photo of me now:IMG_0380

and below is a photo of me aged 16 at my school formal: She may look similar but she’s a completely different gal to the one in the top pic. You can just tell, she’s so naive about the world. Here’s the shit I wish I had of known.

  1. 16yoMeformal School is so easy. Yes, it’s so boring and it’s the same routine for an entire year but, damn, a 6 hour day with 2 lunches is bliss.
  2. Please stop doing cheerleading. Honestly, you’re not very good at it. You’re much better at more traditional sports like netball and soccer.
  3. For the love of God, pleeeeaseeee start saving your money. Seriously, at the least just save up enough to buy a decent car.
  4. Which reminds me, yes, mum’s crazy when you’re learning to drive but just get your license ASAP.
  5. Dump that twit of a boyfriend, he aint worth the time.
  6. Start practicing make up now. It’s a lot easier to experiment and make mistakes with your make up as a kid opposed to a young adult.
  7. Start the YouTube channel. You’re 22 and you still haven’t done it.
  8. This is a big one. TAKE A GAP YEAR. Yes, you feel like the right step after school is to go to university but do not do it. Rachel, you don’t want to be a nurse.
  9. Please stop feeling like you don’t fit in. Most of it is in your head and you’ll meet a lot more people outside of school. They’ll get you.


I think that’s just about it. What kind of things would you tell yourself if you had the chance?