While I was away on vacation, Lazy Man and Money put up a great post titled Fifteen Things I’d Like To Say to High School Lazy Man. Although his list was damn near perfect, he asked to see what other people might tell their high school self if they had a chance to, so while I was away I gave it some thought. Here is what I came up with:
No, you are not going to be a rock star, so stop spending so much money on music stuff. You do not need a $1,000 guitar, an $800 amp nor all those foot pedals…it is not going to happen. Oh, and cut your hair you look ridiculous.
As much as you think you might, you will not marry your girlfriend. I know, you love her and you think you will…but just because you date for 3 out of 4 years in high school does not mean that there are not good looking girls at college. Trust me on this one, take a minute to look around.
You will get old and you will need to retire, so stop spending money on expensive sports cars and electronic gadgets. Buying reasonable things and putting more towards retirement will add up if you start earlier, which you will realize later.
That criminal justice degree you will get in college will get you nowhere. In fact, 4 of your good friends will have the same degree and none of them will be working in that field. If possible, look into other things like starting a video sharing or a gigantic social website company.
When you get a job selling TV programming overseas, don’t stay there for 4 years thinking it will get better. It won’t and no matter what you do when you leave it, you will be much happier and it will work out.
Start playing tennis as soon as you can. You will actually be pretty good at if you start early. Starting older means it takes a while to get back into shape and to be any good at it.
You will know who you are going to marry about 2 months after your first date with her. Sure, she won’t call you back for over a month after you first meet, but eventually she will and you will know who I am talking about when you meet her.
Do what you want to. Do not listen to parents, mentors, friends, siblings…if you want to squash grapes for a summer, go do it. If you want to open a cafe, do it. There will be a lot of pressure on you to “do the right thing like a grown up” but it is your life so make the most of it.