Recently a 34-year old Texan woman was charged with fraud after posing as a 15-year old high school student.
Why Charity Johnson did it, isn’t clear, but I can relate. If I could go back to any time in my life for a do-over, it would be my teens. To be clear, I’d never want to actually re-live those days. (Why go through Hell twice?). But, seeing Charity’s story, I couldn’t help but ask myself if was suddenly back in my 15-year old body with all my 44-year old wisdom what would I do differently? My answers were pretty clear:
- I’d spend more time developing quality friendships with fun, intelligent, interesting girls and less time chasing boys.
- I’d care less what people thought of me and more what I thought of them.
- I’d channel all that restless energy into something creative like writing, acting, creating music or dance rather than numbing it with drugs and alcohol.
- If there wasn’t an outlet for my passions (like when they cancelled the school newspaper), I’d take risks and create them.
- I’d love my body because it was fit and healthy and able to bounce back, not because it did or didn’t fit some ideal of what the media was attractive.
- I’d stop categorizing people into different cliques and get to know them as individuals.
- I’d learn how to save money.
- I’d value myself and my worth.
- I’d be a leader.
Looking at this list, two things struck me:
- How far I’ve come in the roughly 30 years since.
- How far I still have to go.
If you could go back to high school what would you change? How does that reflect changes you might need to make in current life?