If you are now hitting the last years of adolescence, the concept of wasting your youth has probably popped into your head once or twice. As more responsibilities fall onto your shoulders, you begin to wonder whether you’ve made your teenage years worthwhile. Have you ever heard of a saying, “Youth is wasted on the young”? This simple quote carries a lot of truth to it. Without knowing better, we’ve wasted a considerable chunk of the best time of our lives for nothing. However there is still some time to redeem ourselves, so here are 7 ways to avoid wasting your youth.
1. Avoid Growing up Too Fast
As I observe the younger generations, I begin to notice one pattern and it is that they are growing up way too fast. They are cutting down their years of innocence and instead wishing that they were older. Girls begin to experiment with make up and heels before they had enough playtime with barbies and guys tend to emulate those older than themselves. Wasting your youth is really unfortunate, so all you can do now is do things that are age appropriate for you instead of moving on to things that can wait in the future.
2. Don’t Take on Bad Habits
One of the things that I have never quite understood is why teenagers get hooked on alcoholic substances and drugs before they even know what it is. Yes, teenage years are the period of experimentation but that doesn’t mean that doing drugs and drinking alcohol is the way to have fun! More than anything it prevents you from remembering the moments you’ve had and stands in the way of controlling yourself. So instead of passing out every day, the best way to make your youth worthwhile is staying above the influence.
3. Forgive Those around You
Although it is easier said than done, holding grudges can never lead to anything positive. Especially during the period of adolescence, you are more than likely to face a lot of drama in your daily life, so in order to avoid it and really take the best out of those years, it is better to learn to let go of your grudges. Although it may be impossible in some moments, it will be for your benefit in the long term.
4. Grab onto Opportunities
During our early years, we are always hesitant to make moves and take on opportunities, but we fail to realize that those opportunities may never come in the future. So if you are now facing a dilemma, take a risk and see where it takes you. Although you have many years ahead of you, some things come just once in a lifetime and you can’t let them slip out of your hands.
5. Be Adventurous
We all have those days when we want to cut off the outside world and have some alone time and even though that is completely normal, we shouldn’t be used to it. Your early years are when your body is at your peak, therefore it is the best time to take on a sport, go on an adventure or do something risky. As you grow older you might not have time for adventures or your body will be incapable of some things, so take advantage of what you have right now! But remember, just because you are young doesn’t mean you are indestructible.
6. Don’t Procrastinate
Your lifelong habits usually get instilled into your character early on, so that means every bad habit that you practice today will translate into your future if you don’t do something about it. Oftentimes we procrastinate thinking we will always have time later but as I have said before, sometimes you have to seize you opportunities or you will never get the chance to complete them.
7. Value Your Parents
One of the most unfortunate truths is that our parents will not always be in our lives. As we get older so do our parents and just like anyone else, they are not immortal. So instead of pushing them away during your teenage years and craving independence from them, you should value the moments of yours and their youth and make memories. You never want to live in regret and look back onto your life wishing you spent more time with them.
Looking back onto your youth with regret might be one of the worst feelings to experience, so if you are still in your younger years, take advantage of your time and make it worth it. No matter how cliché it sounds, live in the moment instead of dwelling on the future or the past. What advice would you give to your younger self if you had the chance?