Boy, oh boy, I’ve thought about this a lot…
We can’t go back and change the past, but I really wish there were a few things that I did differently.
Oh well, you live and you learn, right?
But it’s interesting to think about…
People on AskReddit shared what they’d do differently if they could travel back to being 15-years-old with all their current knowledge.
Let’s take a look.
1. Life is about choices.
“Well, knowing me, I don’t make the stupid choices I made for the past 31 years.
But also knowing me, I would make totally different stupid choices. Because I’m human. Just because I could now avoid the traps I had fallen into back then, this does not mean I would not fall into different traps. But hopefully the sum total would be a better life.
I know there are career changes I would make. There are financial decisions I would do a better job with. For instance, on the day I graduated college Apple stock sold for 15 cents a share. If I had bought $5000 worth of Apple stock that day, I could sell that today for 4.6 million dollars.
So there’s that…”
2. What’s your major?
“Focus on high school a bit better, try and keep in touch with my best friend at that time a bit better after she moved across town, talk with my dad more about family and stuff, apologize for being a little s**t in middle school more.
Figure out my major a lot faster.”
3. Just be yourself.
“If I was in my freshman year of high-school, I’d go back and relive those years being completely and totally myself like I should have done way back when.”
4. If I could turn back time.
“Don’t date my first girlfriend. Try to maintain friendships while moving.
Take college more seriously. Buy Bitcoin. Hug my grandparents more often.”
5. Let it go.
“Honestly just the knowledge that lots of the s**t 15-year old me was agonizing over and worrying about ultimately didn’t bring about the end of the world would help.
I’d know which things to stress about and which ones I could let go of.”
6. Here’s the deal.
“Good dental hygiene – floss, brush twice a day always
Make exercise a part of the day, it is harder to get this into routine as you get older. Plus the fitter you are when you’re younger, the more it will tide you through when older
Continue pursuing things that I find interesting, even if I’m not (and will never get) good at them. It is wonderful to have things to enjoy for the sake of it
Be nicer to my parents, especially my mum. It is a lot of responsibility, and they did their best
Take feedback and criticism in stride, and not let every negative thing make me question everything.”
7. Fighting back.
“I wouldn’t be too afraid to report my father to the authorities.
I wouldn’t live life in fear of his hands. I would fight back like I never did.”
8. Back in time.
“Save more money. Take better care of my teeth.
Not eat as much junk. Not date people who were just a waste of time.
Not worry as much. Appreciate the irreplaceable things more.
Not say some mean/wrong things I said. Choose a different career path.”
9. Healthy stuff.
Start lifting weights and running.
Play less video games.
10. A different direction.
“I wouldn’t go to University.
Possibly travel more and spend a bit more time deciding the direction I want to go with my life.”
“Take a different course in college. IT perhaps?
Stay off the internet.
Be more open and social. Work on my interpersonal skills.
Build connections. Build a better relationship with my family.”
12. I said no!
“Everyone saying what they’d do better while I’d be having a total mental breakdown.
Can you imagine going back to living with your parents? Waking up at 6am to get a bus to be in class at 8am? Taking exams again? Having to study all over again?
I have nightmares about this. Please no, I’d rather stay an adult.”
What would you do if you could travel back to when you were 15 with all your current knowledge?
Talk to us in the comments and let us know!
Thanks in advance!