I would tell my 16-year-old self that life is about respect:
I would remind myself that I am a valuable human being, even if no-one else tells me so. I would tell myself that I have too much to offer to the world to sell myself short, or to give myself away cheaply.
I would remind myself that I am a worthy person, but I would also tell myself that the only person who can give me more of what I need is myself.
I would not throw my life away to spite my parents, or to get even with them: although I may not see eye-to-eye with them, those disagreements aren’t worth ruining my future.
I would be friendly, kind and respectful towards my teachers and I would understand that they are the second-most important people in my life, who teach me moral values and ethics.
I would keep in mind that what other people think of me is not important, but that what God thinks of me is.
I would choose my friends right. As a teenager, it’s important to have friends. But my mother turned out to be right: my friends can make or break me, so I should choose wisely.
I would remind myself that it is important to have a social life, to play a sport, or to do something creative as a hobby. We all received talents; some of us already know what they are, and some of us are still in the process of finding them.
I would also give myself the following advice: Treat others with respect, as you have to show respect to be respected.
Last of all, I know most of us don’t like reading, but I would remind myself that reading is important for gaining knowledge, and knowledge is the key to success.
If you had the opportunity, what would you tell your 16-year-old self?