What I Would Say To My 20-Year-Old Self

I’m getting old. I know, right? I’m fast approaching my mid-thirties, which is practically 40. And don’t I know it – my knees creak like a symphony when I stand up, my feet ache all day long and my hands look like an elderly woman’s.

And, worse than the physical, is the adult part. I’m having to more and more be adult. And I’m not sure I’m a fan of this adult business.


And so, tonight on our daily chit chat, Person and I decided to compile a list of advice we would give our 20-year-old selves, should we ever come across them.

We would sit them down, pour us all a glass of cider (no, 20-year-old-me, you can’t have beer. Or vodka. Ok, vodka all round). And then it’ll get serious. Well, as serious as Person and I can get while drinking cider and vodka with our 20-year-old counterparts. There will be a lot of giggling, I tell you what.

And here we go. The advice. Fasten your seatbelts, 20-year-olds, it’s gonna be a doosey!

  • Enjoy your life. Enjoy yourself! Don’t be in a hurry to grow up. It’s ok to play the fool!
  • Grasp every opportunity that comes your way. The opportunities won’t always be there.
  • Save at least some of your money. Get insurance.
  • Look after your face – sunscreen! And look after your hands. And your FEET!
  • Don’t get that tattoo
  • Or that one
  • Hangovers suck balls.
  • You can have a lot of fun without alcohol. Don’t use it as a crutch.
  • Your body is awesome. Embrace it. Don’t be shy!
  • Choose your friends wisely. And, more importantly, choose your friends. You don’t have to be friends with anyone. Steer clear of people who make you feel less worthy than you are.
  • The only person whose opinion matters is you.
  • Don’t do things simply for the sake of a man. Be yourself. Don’t chase guys for the sake of not being alone. You have a long way to go, you won’t be alone. When you stop looking, you will be surprised at who appears.
  • Your metabolism won’t be like this forever. Make the most of it but take care of your body.
  • AND YOUR TEETH. Dentists are expensive. (side note – don’t brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. Wait at least half an hour).
  • Be nice to your parents. They love you.
  • Don’t do a job you think you should do. Aim for a job you WANT to do. I fell into my dream job at 32.
  • You can be the sweetest peach on the tree, but there will still be people who don’t like peaches.
  • If you need to be selfish for the sake of your own happiness, so be it.
  • Don’t be offended when you are asked for ID. You will miss it when it’s gone. Especially when they call you Ma’am.
  • Be nice to people. Just be nice in general. No one likes a bitch.
  • Anyone who doesn’t treat you well, doesn’t deserve you in their life.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Plan a wonderful life. Set goals and enjoy reaping the benefits. But don’t worry too much about what is yet to come. The world works in mysterious ways.
  • Mistakes happen. It’s what make us who we are. Don’t regret anything that made you smile.
  • Enjoy sleeping in until 10am. Lunchtime even. When you have kids, that ends. ENDS.
  • There is so much more to a relationship than sex. And sex is infinitely better when you are in a solid, loving relationship.
  • The grass is only greener on the other side because they fertilise it with bullcrap.
  • Live your life the way you want to, for you. Be considerate, be caring, be kind. But don’t take crap. Don’t let people bulldoze you.

I’m sure I can go on and on, but it’s midnight and this old lady needs her sleep.

I realise that, had someone told me this information when I was 20, I would have said, “oh, thanks for that!” politely and then rolled my eyes, picked up my 24-pack of $1 vodka drinks and headed into the hills. Literally. We used to buy cheap booze and sit in the hills and drink it. I know. Classy lady.

And, if I’m being honest, I don’t think I would necessarily change any of the things that I did, because everything I did as a “youth” led me on the path to where I am today. Sitting up at midnight while my hubby and three kids sleep peacefully (don’t polish my halo just yet, two of them have literally been asleep an hour. And I had a bottle of cider to accompany me tonight).

But, it’s nice to think that someone was looking out for me (in some weird, cross-universe way), and I hope maybe I can push some of this advice on to my kids when they are 20.

And for now, I go to sleep. Another day of adulting awaits me in the morning.

p.s. I can’t forget to mention Person and her awesome help contributing to this. You rock and you know it xx

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