8 Life Lessons I Wish I Knew in My Teens ...

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Hindsight is a bit**, but looking back on life lessons I wish I knew in my teens has helped me to ensure that I at least know them now.

Your teenage years can be some of the most difficult, as well as some of the most enjoyable years of your life.

My teenage years were a combination of heartache, frustration, thrills and fun times.

Looking back, here are 8 life lessons I wish I knew in my teens...

1. Work Hard, Play Hard

Had I worked as hard as I played in my teenage years, not only would I have the awesome memories I do, but probably a more extensive curriculum vitae and longer attention span.

What they teach you at school is important, if not for the content but for the principle of learning to apply yourself and establishing a strong work ethic early on in life, which will do doubt pay off later on down the line.

2. Love Your Body, It is Gorgeous

If I had the body I had when I was 17 now, I think I would walk around naked 24/7.

However, at the time I can remember being so insecure about my body and feeling as though it didn't match up to the bodies of my peers and the girls in the magazines - the same is true for a lot of my friends.

I now make a conscious effort to love my body and know that it is beautiful as there is nothing as bitter sweet as realizing how amazing something is until you no longer have it (as in when your boobies start hanging out with your knees).

3. Any Guy Who Pushes You to do Anything You Are Not Comfortable with Isn't Worth Crying over

I remember when I was 16 and my first boyfriend said that he wanted to have sex with me because all of his other friends were having sex.

I told him I was unable to be of service and he broke up with me immediately.

I felt like the biggest geek ever and thought I’d let something special go, crying for weeks afterwards.

Looking back, not only did I dodge a bullet, but I wasted my tears on someone who obviously didn't deserve a minute of my time.

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