What Advice Would I give My Younger Self (Do I Follow It?)

Today is day 12 of 30 questions for self discovery; the prompt for today was 'what advice would I give my younger self (do I follow it?)'

Me being weird in public, not giving a fuck (well, a little bit of one, but life's too short)

My advice for my younger self would be "you're absolutely fine the way you are" and "embrace the weird"

Growing up, I was self-conscious, shy, and incredibly awkward I hardly had any friends, and I found it hard to fit in with people my own age (to be honest, I still tend to get on better with toddlers and the elderly). 

I tried hard to change; to fit in. I started dressing like everyone else, I wanted to watch the "cool" TV shows and listen to the music every one else was listening to, just trying too hard to be "normal"

I've come to the realisation that the things I hated about myself when I was younger, are the things that make me unique; they're the things that make me the person I am. 

My advice would be:

"Yes, you're weird, yes, you're awkward, but that's fine! The people who think you're too weird and don't get you aren't the people you want to be friends with. When you're older, you will mee people who are similar to you, and they'll be some of the best people you will ever meet"

Do I embrace the weirdo within now? FUCK YES! I give far less of a shit about what other people think of me now, and I've realised life is too short to be someone else in order to fit in.