12 Again

October 24, 2006 at 11:18 pm (Uncategorized)

I stole this from CP over at An Oxymoron Is Not An Idiot With Zits. Someone asked this question and she wanted to get everyone’s answer in the comment section. Here’s how it goes:

If you could go back in time and tell your 12 year old self ONE thing and one thing only, what would that one thing be? The difficulty of the assignment? You cannot give that 12 year old you stock tips, lottery numbers, hints to purchase anything like Yahoo or Google, etc. Nothing that will make them infinately rich. Rather, the advice would be something for them either to avoid, or to go for, to change or remove from their life so there would be no regrets.

So, with that in mind…what would the adult YOU tell the 12 year old YOU right now to make their life fuller, happier and better?

Leave your answer in the comment section.



  1. Teri said,

    snap out of it Ter, stop being so shy and get with it. go out for some clubs, some sports, talk to that girl or boy, they won’t bite.

    also, do NOT like those two boys for that long. they will break your heart.

  2. Anonymous said,

    Dear 12 year old Lynda:

    You probably won’t believe that your 5 year old little sister will die from non-smoking related lung cancer in 20 years. Well, I just celebrated one year without her. The sad thing is that there is probably nothing you can do about the lung cancer.

    My advice to you is to cherish the time that you have with her, and don’t ignore your 7 year old brother too much either. It seems like because they are younger, they like to gain up on you, but they really love you a lot. Find time to play with them, even though you are too grown up now. When Mommy asks you to read them a story, don’t fly through the book because your favorite TV show is on. Your mom is right, they have reruns.

    Looking back, you will see that 25 years is really not that long of a time. You have been alive almost half that long. So, don’t worry and stress so much about all the stupid stuff.


    33 year old Lynda

  3. Anonymous said,

    On that day that you are going to skip school, don’t smoke in your bedroom with the door and windows closed, because you’re going to forget that your stepfather comes home for lunch and you’re going to get SO busted…

  4. Mel said,

    I would tell myself to do more, go more places and see more things and live live live! while young because in your 40’s you will be in wheelchair for the rest of your life.

  5. Lori said,

    “Gary O’Neill is not the only boy you will ever love. So even though he doesn’t like you, there will be others who will. MANY others. So just chill out!”

    This is great, Teri. I may have to steal it for my blog…

  6. scarlet said,

    “Listen to this song, really listen to it.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    “Simple Man”

    Mama told me when I was young
    Come sit beside me, my only son
    And listen closely to what I say.
    And if you do this
    It will help you some sunny day.
    Take your time… dont live too fast,
    Troubles will come and they will pass.
    Go find a woman and youll find love,
    And dont forget son,
    There is someone up above.

    And be a simple kind of man.
    Be something you love and understand.
    Be a simple kind of man.
    Wont you do this for me son,
    If you can?

    Forget your lust for the rich mans gold
    All that you need is in your soul,
    And you can do this if you try.
    All that I want for you my son,
    Is to be satisfied.


    Boy, dont you worry… youll find yourself.
    Follow you heart and nothing else.
    And you can do this if you try.
    All I want for you my son,
    Is to be satisfied.

  7. scarlet said,

    Thats what i would tell myself.

    And it is what I tell my daughters now.

  8. Teri said,

    Scarlet, you’re a genius!

    I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason but sometimes we could alleviate some of the pain if we just knew a little more at times. Not too much, just a little.

  9. Anonymous said,

    It don’t matter WHAT I’d say. When I was 12, I didn’t listen to ANYBODY. I probably wouldn’t listen to me anyway.

  10. Anonymous said,

    Dang, gurl….

  11. Teri said,

    urethra – don’t you hate it when this happens. we can be some stubborn shits at times. : )

  12. Anonymous said,

    Dear Young Zed,
    Listen, you’re a good kid, but you’re so lost in reverie. WAKE UP! Your crush on that boy is just wasting so much of your time! Forget about him and just go have a good time with your friends.

    You’ve got a great future ahead of you, but right now don’t take everything so seriously or be so sensitive. Life should be fun–take the time to enjoy it and spend time with those you love. (Don’t spread yourself too thin!)

    You’re gonna be okay, kid. Wait ’til you see!

    Love, Grown Zed

  13. scarlet said,

    BUT… if the young me doesn’t want to listen to some song. I would implore him not to meet The Witch. She will “phuck” your head over more than The Ex could ever dream of doing.

  14. Anonymous said,

    Ooo you KNOW it, gurl!

  15. Cayman said,

    Don’t stress over all the things your twin sister is doing. She’ll be okay. You don’t have to limit yourself because you’re afraid she will be left out.

  16. Anonymous said,

    Hey Dick,
    When you’re 12 and you’re going to apply that insect repellant before you cut the grass on 7/23/80, spray it on your HANDS first, THEN rub it on your face. Don’t just squirt it directly into your face. It will get in your eyes, it will hurt, and you’ll come off lookin’ pretty bad, my friend…

  17. Citizen Kane said,


  18. Jen said,

    I’d tell myself

    Just do it!!!

  19. mixednut said,

    Dear 12 y.o mixednut,

    Your life will be a good one. Even though your mom and dad are not together, they love you very much. Spend more time with Dad, even if he’s not in the same state. Spend more time with your half-siblings. They’re all you’ll have someday.
    Don’t trade-in your dream for what you think mom and dad want you to become. You ARE going to be the next John Bonham.
    As far as relationships go, watch out for the pretty ones.
    Above all, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Have fun while you’re young. Don’t grow up too fast.
    You’re doin’ alright.

    Love Ya!

    41 y.o. mixednut

  20. Just Dave said,

    In 4 years, when you are home naked with Nancy…don’t answer the damn phone.

  21. "that girl" said,

    boys smell, have cooties and only want 1 thing … wait … i think i already knew that … damn why didn’t i listen to myself!!

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