What advice would you give your teenage self?
To celebrate World Mental Health Day, we asked some RXers to share the advice they would give their teenage selves, drawing on their subsequent life experiences.
You are allowed to not succeed. Not succeeding doesn’t mean failure. I didn’t graduate from college with a math degree like I thought I would. Instead, I got to spend my evenings (and very early mornings) working for the student newspaper, making lifelong friends, and eventually graduating with a comms degree, something that aligned a lot more closely with my interests. I started my career as a photojournalist and while I no longer work in that field, I learned so many things that I still use today. Success and failure aren’t the most important things, learning and growing are.
Amar Batra, Content Manager, USA
Take your time and live it through. You’ll age, the same as everyone else. There’s nothing you can do about passing time, but what you fill your time with is absolutely, irrevocably up to you. So, relish every moment.
Cynthia Ebesate, Operations Supervisor, UK
Meditate daily. It is a life changing practice that has made me more aware of my inner voice and positively changed my way of handling business.
Mai Ismail, Senior Manager, Abu Dhabi
Follow your intuition; I promise it will lead you to your authentic and whole self. As a teenager, I was weighted with processing both my sexuality and a hearing disability. I navigated these long days alone and with shame. It was tough for me to see that I could be both gay and have hearing challenges. The power of visibility and the idea of intersectionality were not present at the time, let alone valued. I had no framework of how a person like me could be authentically successful. But I did have a small sense of intuition; a little light that guided me toward my best self. Each time I followed that light, I thrived, and when I ignored it, I was less than confident. It took me until adulthood to truly understand the power of following intuition. Today, when I feel as though I am in the dark, stuck, or alone, I look for intuition to lead me to the next step.
Keith Davis, Sales Manager, USA
You will be fine girl! It's not easy being a teenager but you are already a strong woman, so stop doubting yourself. You can do whatever you want. Sometimes life (or people) will be tough on you, but you have the power to transform this into fuel to grow. You will do this with the help of amazing people that will cross your life. Studying is hard but keep going. It will pay off. Just don't forget to have fun too.
That woman you keep arguing with will soon become the one you most admire in this world. Yes, your mum. That man you call dad and love so much will continue to give you the best hug ever. By the way, you are beautiful. You have always been.
Caroline Goes, Head of Data Products and Digital Data, Brazil
One of my high school teachers told me “Today, not tomorrow!”. I’ve been applying this sentence since then. Time is the most precious thing you own so it’s better not to waste a single minute of it.
Morgane Morice, Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, France