None. She wouldn’t have listened anyway.
a) teenagers always know best
and have all the answers
b) words can change lives, but would it have made a difference?
and would I have wanted it to?
c) the older we get, the more regrets we harbor, so it’s best to let those ships sail out to sea
d) nowadays, I remind myself, I made the best decision that I could with the information I had
e) best intentions (advice) can have the opposite effect
or cause more harm than good
f) there’s also bad advice…
g) we’re assuming teens need advice, what if (a) were true?
I mean, I’ve read a lot of YA stories and those kittens end up saving the world
Hello, Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, and Alina Starkov, am I right?
I barely recycle as it is…
I’m not even sure we could give them skin care advice.
h) what stings more? regrets that were yours or others that you chose to follow?
i) successful people are full of great advice
but I’m not ‘successful’, therefore, should be actively avoided
j) this is all beginning to sound like a good TV show premise
k) movies, music, books, and magazines had a better chance of reaching teenage me
l) I hate this question. Is it obvious?
m) I’m too old for it. That’s the problem.
n) Now, if the question was ‘what advice would you’d give teenagers today?’ that’d be different.
o) But advice for me? I’m beyond help.
p) [Just kidding] It’s that we can’t go back and help young Lani.
But it’s pretend, dummy, pretend.
Yeah, but. What’s the point?
Is this like when they survey people? Do you give the answer you think they want you to say? Or are you honest?
I think you’re overthinking it.
Think of it this way. What did you wish you knew?
God’s teeth. How much time do we have?
I’d warn her of Covid-19.
Nah, but what advice?
Invest in face masks.
Rob will be a wet sloppy kisser.
Don’t buy cheap bras.
You’re an imbecile, you know that.
Yeahhh, but hot potatoes, thar’s gold in ’em hills.
Can you remember the last piece of advice you were given? Did you take it or not? And if you’re not participating in WP’s Bloganuary challenge, how would you have answered the question?