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Dear 16-Year-Old Self

...Don't be stupid.

Dear 16-year-old self,

1. The world doesn’t revolve around you.

Remember those tantrums you threw when Mom wouldn’t let you go to that party that "the love of your life" invited you to? Not cool. Understand that she was just looking out for you. P.S. That boy will eventually ask you out again in college. You said yes, of course. And you regret it up to this day.


2. Don’t be such in a rush to grow up.

Easy on the makeup! Enjoy being young and having the license to act young. Contrary to what you might think, growing up is not like the TV shows you watch. Dawson's Creek? Puh-leese. More like LOST, really—everyone's just in limbo, figuring things out. 

3. Take photos—lots of it! (And have them printed.)

Here’s a Public Service Announcmenet: Multiply will eventually get deleted. Take all those awkward photos and print them out. No matter how embarrassing you think they may be (Hello, braces!), they’ll be perfect for #ThrowbackThursday.

4. Make smarter choices.

Try to always think long-term. Some of the choices you’ll make now will come back to haunt you a couple of years down the road. That boy who promised you the world? He's just trying to get inside your pants. 

5. Build bridges, don’t burn them.

High school is a time to find your bridesmaids and not your groom. You and your girlfriends will inevitably take on different paths come college, but remember to keep in touch. Your high school friends know you best, no matter what.

6. Remember the 7 Bs.

You used to write it on autograph books back in first grade: Books Before Boys Because Boys Bring Babies. No explanation needed.

7. You don’t need a boyfriend ASAP.

Go ahead and date around and meet people. You’re young. HAVE FUN. Collect and select, as they say. (But for God's sake, filter them well.)

8. Don’t be too self-conscious.

Don’t try too hard to impress the people around you. By the time you hit college, you wouldn't give a damn about them.

9. Tequila is not (yet) your best friend.

You don’t want to be known as the lasinggera of the barkada this early. Honey, you have the rest of your life to get drunk, so wait 'til you're legal. You'll eventually get sick of it, promise. 

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10.    Easy on the drama.

Before you blow things out of proportion, think! Is that stupid boy really worth losing your best friend since grade school for?