Advice from an older and wiser crowd.
As an adult, looking back at your teenage years makes you engage in one big, long, cringe. There are so many things that I wish I could erase from my memory. So many experiences I wish I could go back to my 17-year-old self, shake her and say “stop crying about that boy!,” “don’t stress about this homework project so much,” etc, etc. But, at the same time, I wouldn’t trade the learning experiences for the world.
One person asked the people of Reddit, “What is the best life advice to give to a 17 year old?” As a teenager, I’m sure many of them will read this and say that us old folks don’t know anything about what they are going through!!! But trust me, there is wisdom in these words.
Check out these responses!!
High school ends and nobody cares about it after it’s over. Learn to build a future for yourself – even in college, you’ll need to move on while you’re still there. Compartmentalize. (llosa)
Forgive and Forget
Forgive yourself. Kicking yourself over past failures won’t change what happened, it will just leave you sore from being kicked so much. Give up all hope for a better past. Own who you have been so it doesn’t own you.
This really applies to all ages, but it’s a skill that takes a while to develop so you might as well start young and really figure it out. I haven’t met many people under twenty who have taken it to heart but I have found a number of people in their twenties who are really starting to get it. I’ve also met people in their 80’s and 90’s who still don’t get it and are filled with regrets (techniforus)