Okay, Iím not a preacher, and Iím certainly not your mother, so I wouldnít presume to tell you how to run your life and what decisions to make. I can, however, share with you some things Iíve learned talking to others who are a bit older and, dare I say it, wiser than I am. Itís amazing how much wisdom you gain in high school alone, not to mention college and then the ďreal world.Ē Take it or leave it, but here are five things youíre going to wish you never did.
Get a Visible Tattoo
Itís one thing to get a small tattoo in a spot nobody can normally see, like your back or maybe your hip bone. Those tattoos you can flaunt while youíre young at the beach, where such a thing is appropriate. But if you get a tattoo on your ankle, your calf, your upper arm, your neck or your face, youíre going to likely wish you hadnít later.
Sure it might be cool to be in high school with a neat decal on the back of your neck, but are you going to want that there on your wedding day? What are you going to do when youíre fifty and cut your hair shorter to be more stylish and that old, now sagging tattoo is standing out on the back of your neck? This of placing your tattoo with this in mind Ė if itís visible in a wedding dress, prom dress or business suit, start saving up for removal Ė that tattoo can actually keep you from getting a job someday (in certain industries, of course.)
Have Drunken or Obscene Exploits
It might be so fun to get wasted with your friend and dance like a maniac on the table. Unfortunately itís not going to be nearly as fun when the pictures get out on the internet. If you have a habit of taking compromising pictures and videos Ė and those can be as simple as being underage with an obvious drink in your hand, you can regret it later.
Once a picture goes live online, itís there for the world to see. Many employers are now doing a quick Google Search of potential employees to see what they find Ė and itís very likely those pictures will appear again. Donít ruin your future before it even begins. Use common sense and help your friends use a bit, too.
Ruin a Friendship over a Boy
Your friends are your life line through most of your teenage years. If you donít have a close network of friends around you, these years can be tough. Please donít do anything that might destroy a friendship, especially over a boy. Itís not that the boy isnít special, because he probably is, but itís more important to be honest with your friends about your feelings and then protecting that friendship by agreeing for neither person to date him Ė maybe just include him in your circle. If you like your friendís boyfriend Ė itís too late, heís already picked her and you should value the friendship more than the guy. So go find a new guy to crush on instead.