What Would You Tell Your 16 Year Old Self?

I have no idea who started this, but Twitter is jumping with the #tweetyour16yearoldself hashtag. It’s a really fun idea- what advice would you give yourself, in 140 characters or less (and when you put the hashtag in there, it’s really 116 characters).

Predictably, a lot of the tweets are about sex and relationships:

Over half of those girls you like but are scared to talk to actually have crushes on you, dumbass.

He is never going to ask you to Homecoming so just let that one go.

In a year and a half…don’t sleep with Chris. You will feel like crap about it afterward.

If you don’t break up w/this guy now, in 20 yrs, you’ll be broke and digging for loose change in ur mom’s couch!

Kissing gets better

Girls become women who are still complicated. You will understand later..

The thing you want most is to be attractive. You will achieve it. It will not solve your problems.

Being gay is actually amazing. Trust me. 🙂

Come out of the closet, it’s loads better.

He’s NOT just gonna put the tip in!

in 5 years you’ll have got a boyfriend and a well paid job. cheer up emo.

You’re gonna keep getting random boners. They will never go away.

you have a lot of joy, a lot of success, a lot of disappointments and a lot of heartache in front of you, my love.

you look silly. no mater how tight that corset is you will not have hips and boobs. just stop.

For God’s sake, just ask her out

Don’t have unprotected sex with him. He’s been cheating.

Relax, you won’t go blind.

Of course, there are plenty of tweets that aren’t about sex. There are some about politics, words of encouragement, suggestions to buy Apple stock, and more.

So what would you tell your 16 year old self? Can you do it in 116 characters?

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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