8 Things I Would Tell My Teenage Self if I had a Time Machine

April 16, 2015 8:15 PM

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A couple of weeks ago, my son became a 15-year-old. I don't have a lot of concrete or distinct memories of my 15th birthday, but I do remember being in full-on teenager mode at that age, ready to take on the world and being positive that I knew WAY more about what was going on in the world than my parents and other adults. My friends and I? We were relevant. We were cool (or so we told ourselves). We were ready to get on with our lives already. My parents? They just didn't "get it." I was certain they couldn't relate. Even though I knew rationally that they had once been teenagers themselves, that was all very abstract, and times had CHANGED, man.

So I listened politely and nodded while I pegged my stonewashed jeans, turned up the collar on my shirt and unloaded half a can of Aquanet on my spiral-permed hair (no judging please; this was 1988). I routinely rolled my eyes, tested my limits with all things and bristled at having a curfew. My fri...

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