14 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 14

1. Quidditch is a real sport.

In the year of 2012, quidditch teams across the globe participated in their own version of the Olympics.  If you start early, you could be on your way to winning a gold medal for your country at the next summer Olympics.

2. Good grades do not translate to an acceptance to a top-tier University.

This also holds true for doing well in college.

3. Junk food is not a great food source.

Right now you may not see the change, but years from now those Snickers bars will add up and you’ll be closer to diabetes than you think.

4. Don’t pick at your acne.

You may be embarrassed now, but those scars will embarrass you forever.

5. Be wary of adults who say “don’t listen to adults.”

They’re just trying to be cool and have yet to mature/grow up. I suggest finding a mentor who can relate to you, but still talk in grown up language.

6. You will lose most, if not all, of your high school friends.

But who cares, make friends with whoever because people come and go! You’ll never know when you’ll see them again.

7. The kids you fight with will not always become unsuccessful trailer park trash.

This is a myth to make you feel better. Instead of fighting, try to be gregarious with everyone, because making your peers smile in these adolescent times can bring a positive perspective of what their future holds.

8. Read and write more.

Being able to communicate, through the written language, will help you connect and open many opportunities in your impeding future.

9. Learn to be a great babysitter.

Your family members and friends will have kids in the future, and they’ll need someone to babysit their children when they go off on a vacation.

10. Try to learn everything.

You can focus on one thing when you’re a few years older.

11. You’re not too young to fall in love.

But just remember that love can’t buy you bread, give you a college diploma, or even a job. Balance.

12. Turn off your social media devices when hanging out with your friends.

You’ll understand how to connect with people, on a deeper emotional level.

13. Learn a specific hobby and know it well.

Magic, guitar playing, yo-yo’ing… you’ll be known for these skills, as in you’re more likely to be unforgettable.

14. Your parents are not always right.

But, learn from the things they do right. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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