My bloggy friend Tiffany recently made a list for her students of things she wished she had done differently in high school and asked others if they'd make their own lists for her to share. Since I love talking about myself in list form, I mean supporting education, I decided to make my own:
I wish I would have taken four years of Spanish, instead of just the required two.
I wish I hadn't been "the other woman" and then expected the guy to treat me any better.
I wish I would have appreciated how special it was to eat dinner with my family every night and had lingered at the table longer.
I wish it hadn't taken me an entire year to realize how awesome K was - she's my best friend to this day.
I wish I had been brave enough to run for Student Council.
I wish I hadn't experimented with bangs, owned so many flannel shirts or worn Doc Martins.
I wish I would have realized a size 6 is not fat and that while my skinnier friends could boast a smaller dress size, I was the one who could fill out a bikini.
I wish I would have spent less time fighting with my sisters over whose turn it was to talk on the phone and more time talking to them.
I wish I hadn't worn that awful dress to senior prom - white is definitely not my color.
I wish I had spent less time trying to pad my college resume and more time participating in extra-curriculars I actually enjoyed.
I wish I had been less judgemental and had been able to see shades of gray.
I wish I had gotten to know myself, instead of trying to be the person I thought other people wanted me to be.
Well, there you have it. To summarize, I wish I had spent less time being an insecure, self-involved teenager with suspect fashion choices. Make your own list and send it to Tiffany - its very therapeutic!