Tuesday, 10 May 2016

3 things I wish I could have told my younger self...

1. Don't pluck your eyebrows!
As a teenager my eyebrows were the bane of my life.

It seems ridiculous now but at the time I was convinced that I'd spend the rest of my days with two very fluffy caterpillars perched on my face, so I gave into the temptation and reached for the tweezers. But of course the problem with tweezing is that the odd stray hair can very quickly turn into a full scale eyebrow assassination, and sure enough I'm now left with two very baldy eyebrows.

Over the years I've done my best to repair the damage, but truth be told I don't think they'll ever be the same again. Short of going under the needle for some serious eyebrow tattooing, I think that embracing my slightly sparse brows is my only option.

I'll always curse my fourteen year old self for giving into the temptation and picking up the tweezers. If only Cara Delevigne would have arrived on the scene five years earlier...

2. No one's ever as clued up as they seem
The thing about being a teenager is that when you're thirteen everyone around you seems to have their life together. I remember looking at my friends and family and thinking that they all seemed so much more grown up, interesting and accomplished than me - even the household goldfish had prospects as far as I was concerned. I remember spending so much time worrying about how chic and impossibly 'together' everyone around me seemed.

But now that I'm getting older I'm starting to realise that no one ever really has their life together. Sure they might be able to apply their eyeliner like a boss, have an impossibly cool Snapchat story or some killer networking skills, but scratch beneath the surface and we're all the same. No matter how many years we rack up, the truth is we're all just making it up as we go along.

So as I reach my early twenties I'm learning to embrace the unknown - even enjoy it a little bit?! Who cares if I haven't got a six year plan, or that my only career goal is to wear sandals to work? After all if Britney Spears can make it through 2007, I'm sure I can handle the great unknown...

3. You'll probably never find a use for Pythagoras' theorem
Maths was never my strong suit in school. I found the numbers boring, the formulas niggley and the questions silly - Who's Hamish and why is he going to corner shop to buy seventy five carrots? 

But the biggest issue for me had to be Pythagoras' theorem, I just didn't get it. No matter how hard I tried or how many sessions I stayed behind for, I just couldn't seem to see eye to eye with old Pythagoras.

At the time it really stressed me out. My maths teacher was insistent that I learnt it and every exam paper I opened seemed to feature some form of right angled triangle.

But seven years on, I wish I hadn't sweat the small stuff. I've managed to graduate with a first class degree, survive one of the scariest flights of all time™ and hold down a real life job and still haven't come across a use for Pythagoras or his theorem.

So I'd say it's time to put down the textbooks, shut your maths book and go out with your friends...

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