5 Things I Would Tell My 16 Year Old Self

5 Things I Would Tell My 16 Year Old Self 1

Do you ever wonder “Had I known this before I wouldn’t have made this mistake”

We all wish we were more matured and practical when we were 16 . Those days of endless loneliness and aching heartbreaks. Fighting with parents over getting that tattoo or binge watching movies without a care in the world. There were  times when you felt you are not beautiful and intelligent enough. You felt as if no one cares about you and you are totally alone in this world.

Don’t worry. With time you will understand how to deal with all those emotions and mood swings. You will understand that how amazing and unique you are.

These are some of the things I want to tell you –

  1. Be Yourself

I wish I knew this when I was 16. It took me a long time to realize that if you want to be liked by people, all you have to do is be yourself. If you keep trying to be someone else in order to make others love you, then probably you will fail. The only way to win people’s hearts is by being you.

You will be surprised how much people love and appreciate one’s uniqueness.


2. Trust Your Instincts

You must be familiar with the voice inside your head saying not to do something. That voice pops up whenever you are making some important decision. Well, that voice is your instinct and you should follow it. If your instincts tell you not to do something then you should not do it.

The voice inside your head is always right; listen to it.


3.  Love Yourself First before loving anyone else

In order to love anyone else you should first love yourself. If you don’t love yourself why would anyone else love you?

Love your body, your personality, your colour, your strengths and your weaknesses.You will never be able to love anyone if you hate yourself. Celebrate your imperfectness; yes nobody is perfect and neither are you. You are magic, so start by loving yourself.


4. Be Passionate

You have to be passionate about life. Keep searching, keep working on yourself. Find what makes you happy, this is the time you can actually decide what you want to do in life. If you love writing be a writer , if you love painting then be a painter or if you love both then you can be both !

You can be anything in life; all you have to do is find what you are passionate about. For this you have to keep trying new things in life. Everyday try something new, try something different and this way you will be able to decide what makes you happy .


5. Stand Up For Yourself

Be Bold, Be Courageous, Be a Fighter !

If you think someone has wronged you, stand up and raise your voice. If you think you are being bullied stand up and raise your voice. If you don’t stand up for yourself then I am sure your future self will hate you for not doing so. Not just for yourself, stand up for your loved ones, or anyone who is being scourged.

You have to fight for yourself; you cannot be a loser and suffer oppressions in the hand of others. Come out of those walls. Be brave, this is the time for you to be brave.



 You are beautiful, amazing and magical no matter what others say. Always give love and you will receive love in return.


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Priyanka Bhoj

"life is a voyage" this is the saying I live by. Passionate about travelling , writing and books. I have been writing articles from the last five years on various topics like food , travel , books, self help and inspiration . My articles are simple and informative , which you can read with a cup of coffee at the end of the day.