I am not one for regrets but there are quite a few things I wish I had a Tardis to go back to tell my younger self. I probably wouldn’t have listened anyway..

  • Worry less. I know its hard but seriously try.. not much will ever get solved with worrying.
  • Concern yourself less with boys – the right one will come along and you’ll pick him for all the right reasons instead of all the wrong ones like before.
  • Get rid of baggage – lose the friends who drag you down, who are wrapped in their own negativity – don’t bother holding on to them just because of longevity.
  • Remain in contact with family members – great aunts, grandparents – despite struggling to know what to say. You will regret it when they have gone.
  • Write more but don’t ever submit anything to an online writing critic – her overly cruel words will crush your enthusiasm for a long time if you do.
  • Give up smoking now – you will in November 2006 but why wait and waste all that money and do damage to your health?
  • Moisturize more frequently.
  • Think about the tattoos you get before you do it – you will not regret them but wish you made different choices.
  • Moving to America will be the best thing you ever do – don’t be scared it WILL work out.
  • You are not as fat as you think but should try to maintain a good body image and reasonable health.

Not Goth, 34, Redondo Beach.