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The List I Wish I had

By Melissa Gutierrez
Posted On May 25, 2016
The List I Wish I had

Every girl needs to read the “51 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was In High School” list.

For one, 26-year-old me wishes that naïve and emotionally challenged 18-year-old me would have had this. Such would have saved me many days and nights of stressing over dateless Friday nights, the Regina Georges of the world, and needlessly obsessing over the football quarterback who didn’t even know I existed.

Secondly, as I read the list, I smiled because I knew that five lessons, in particular, have graciously carried me beyond my mid 20’s, and I suspect they will continue to do so throughout the beautiful journey of life.

  1. “If cheats on you, say goodbye.” This is ALWAYS true. You are too good to be with a scumbag.
  1. “It’s only a bad day, not a bad life.” This really helps put things into perspective, doesn’t it?
  1. “Learn to forgive. Also, learn that not everyone deserves your trust.” Do not hold a grudge; you are only hurting yourself. Also, grow in wisdom and discernment to distinguish between those who genuinely have your best interest in mind and those who are just using you.
  1. “Write thank you notes for everything.” Have a thankful heart, appreciate what others do for you, and never get tired of saying ‘thank you.’
  1. “Enjoy life. It goes by faster than you think.” Pretty self-explanatory.

Here is the complete list:

  1. Do not spend more than $9 on mascara. CVS sells ones that work just fine.
  2. It won’t matter later on that he was on the high school football team.
  3. Your push-up bra is obvious.
  4. Chill with the eyeliner.
  5. If he cheats on you, say goodbye.
  6. Stop subtweeting or Facebooking your life.
  7. Don’t tell your mom you hate her; you will regret it.
  8. Innocence is beautiful.
  9. Call your grandma just because.
  10. Some people will never like you; don’t let it bother you.
  11. Kill them with kindness.
  12. TPing/Rolling houses is all fun and games till it rains and you have to clean it up.
  13. You were beautiful before he told you.
  14. Don’t believe stereotypes. Get to know people personally instead of judging them.
  15. Don’t let one mistake define you.
  16. But learn from your mistakes.
  17. Eat home-cooked meals. You will miss it one day.
  18. Your mom can see a fake friend before you can.
  19. Your dad can see a crappy boy before you can.
  20. Enjoy your metabolism while it lasts.
  21. There is more to life than Friday night.
  22. If your parents buy you something, whether it’s a McDonald’s for an iPhone, say thank you.
  23. You are more beautiful than you will ever know.
  24. Prom is not the “best night of your life,” but go anyway.
  25. High school years are not the best years of your life.
  26. However, enjoy high school while it lasts, you will miss some of it.
  27. Bad times make you appreciate the good times.
  28. It’s only a bad day, not a bad life.
  29. Stop comparing yourself to others; that will never do any good.
  30. Learn to forgive. Also, learn that not everyone deserves your trust.
  31. Learn to apologize.
  32. He isn’t the love of your life.
  33. Sex does not make you mature or an adult.
  34. Stop pretending to be someone you are not to impress people.
  35. Keep a journal.
  36. You’ll regret spending $90 on that Abercrombie fur vest.
  37. Eat the dang doughnut.
  38. Five for $27, appreciate it, and never forget it.
  39. Pray for your future husband every once in a while.
  40. Pray for your future kids too.
  41. Take those ACT prep classes seriously.
  42. Hug your grandpa every chance you get.
  43. Write thank you notes for everything.
  44. Tell your favorite high school teacher she rocks.
  45. Nothing good happens past midnight.
  46. Put others before yourself.
  47. Unless that person is an ex-boyfriend. You deserve happiness, stop worrying about him.
  48. If you love God, then you should love people.
  49. His plan is greater than yours (Romans 8:28).
  50. Enjoy life. It goes by faster than you think.

Thank you Grace Valentine for such a great list! Which ones are you favorite? Comment below.

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