If I Knew

If I Knew

From Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

If I Knew

You know how you always hear people say, “If I knew then what I know now . . .”?

Have you ever wanted to say . . . yeah . . . well . . . go on . . .

So here we go . . .

I would listen more carefully to what my heart says.

I would enjoy more . . . worry less.

I would know that school would end soon enough . . .

and work would . . . well, never mind.

I wouldn’t worry so much about what other people were thinking.

I would appreciate all my vitality and tight skin.

I would appreciate all my vitality I would play more, fret less.

I would know that my beauty/handsomeness is in my love of life.

I would know how much my parents love me and I would believe that they are doing the best they can.

I would enjoy the feeling of “being in love” and not worry so much about how it works out.

I would know that it probably won’t . . . but that something better will come along.

I wouldn’t be afraid of acting like a kid.

I would be braver.

I would look for the good qualities in everyone and enjoy them for those.

I would not hang out with people just because they’re “popular.”

I would take dance lessons.

I would enjoy my body just the way it is.

I would trust my girlfriends.

I would be a trustworthy girlfriend.

I wouldn’t trust my boyfriends. (Just kidding.)

I would enjoy kissing. Really enjoy it.

I would be more appreciative and grateful, for sure.

Kimberly Kirberger

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