questionsif you could give any general advice to the 16…

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Don't date Sally, you will get crabs

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As a 22 year old, I feel very singled out...

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It would probably be some sound financial advice. I can't bare think of how much money I blew through as a teenager.

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How about "Nearly everything you are worrying about now is actually so unimportant that you won't even remember it in a few years."

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"Keep doing what you're doing. You'll be alright."

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Finish college, no matter how stupid and boring it is, because later on other stupid, boring people won't let you advance in your career without a sheepskin permission slip, no matter how good you are at your job.

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Learn how to let go of pain (such as forgiving and grieving) now while you still can. Later on it's going to be a hard trait to acquire.

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Quit trying to rush through high school and get out of mom and dad's house. THIS IS THE EASIEST YOU WILL EVER HAVE IT.

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Fight for yourself. . . against the bullies, against the parents that blamed me for being bullied. . . fight for my parents to allow me to enter a BFA program over the BA . . . "come out" about my OCD earlier.

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@atd15: No, that's specific advice. That is the same as "You will meet X in year 19xx. You will think they are the love of your life. They are, in fact, the devil incarnate. Run as if your life depended upon it."

Some advice for my 16 year old version:
1) Listen to Master Yoda. Be in the moment, worry less about the next steps and be concerned more with the now. I very much was the "Never his mind on where [poke] he [poke] was [poke]! What [poke] he [poke] was [poke] doing[ poke]!"

2) The perfect is the enemy of the good enough.

3) "A faint heart never won the hand of a fair maiden".

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"Shut the hell up and go give your father a big hug"

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Lose the weight now. It's much easier to do at 16 than 46...

Part of me thinks I'd warn my younger self about marrying my first wife, but then again, with the perspective I have now, I'd say do it anyway, even if it was painful, because the lessons I learned from that are why my second marriage worked out so well.

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For the love of Pete, don't start smoking!

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You're not nearly as a good a driver as you think you are, pay attention!

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These idiots you are surrounded by at high school who delight in making you feel like crap?? They're peaking now. Their lives are as good as it gets RIGHT NOW at 16-17. Suffer through the next 2 years knowing that the following 15 will be full of fun, excitement, adventure, and love while they stagnate in our little town reliving the football playoffs of 1993.

I would LOVE to be able to talk to my 16 year old self and tell her (me?) exactly that. Life then? Kinda crappy. Now? Fantastic.

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I'm 21, so I guess I don't count.

But what I WOULD say to my 16 year old self was that... STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM ONLINE GAMING.

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Don't worry about what others think about you. You know better what is best for you. Sock money away for your old age, don't care about having the best and latest of anything, they are always fads. And don't be afraid to ask a girl out, the worst thing that can happen is she says no. If she laughs, see the first sentence.

This is pretty close to what mt father said to me around 40 years ago. It was right.

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It'll get worse before it gets better, but it will get better.