5 pieces of advice to my younger self
Awwww, just look at me. Being 17 and really realllyyy wanting to make these bangs work. Jk Jk, actually, I was in my early 20s in this picture. I would have loved to show you a picture of my 15-year-old self, but they're all at my parents' house back in Germany, well... But you get the idea. So, what kind of advice would I give this girl?
1. You'll be fine after uni.
I was scared to death that I wouldn't be able to function in the "real world". I was so afraid of what my life would become after school. I just didn't want to become a little piece in the capitalist machinery and loose my true self in the process. I didn't. It's all good. I found what works for me.
2. It's okay no to be an extrovert.
I wouldn't really describe myself as an introvert. It depends a lot on the circumstances. But when I was younger (this has changed quite a bit, though), I would never be the loud one. I was so so quiet, especially in school. And I thought that's a bad thing. I constantly thought it was wrong of me not be outgoing and loud. Which is bullshit. I'm not less intelligent, I haven't less to say, my opinions don't count less just because I don't bark them out at people constantly.
3. But then again: Speak up!
(Still working on this one, but I'm getting there, I'm getting there.) Things need to be said sometimes. It's normal and fine to be a quiet person, but don't hold back on speaking up when things need to be said. Especially when I was younger, like teenage younger, I had such a hard time standing up for things, speaking my mind, taking an unpopular stance on something. I wanted to be liked so badly. I would never say something if I wasn't sure that it was "safe".
4. Stop obsessing over guys.
Guys didn't really pay attention to me for a long long time. Let's say until I was 19. Then, things changed - drastically -. But until then, literally no boy was interested in me whatsoever. And I was obsessing over boys so much. *lol* It's okay, things will change, litte teenage Adele.