Last night, Housemate and I accidentally fell into one of our deep, meaningful conversations (henceforth referred to as DMCs). It started because her little sister rang her asking whether she wanted to go to the second day of a weekend-long festival because a band that she likes is headlining that day. We realised that this band was huge when we were the age that Housemate's sister is now... 10 years ago. Yikes.
This got us to thinking about what we were like at her sister's age, and I said that you couldn't pay me enough to go back to being 13. Housemate then posed the interesting question: if you could go back to any age, but bringing what you know now, what age would you go back to, and what might you do differently, knowing what you do now?
I said that with what I know now, I would go back to being 13, and I wouldn't say 'no' to so many things - this is something I've been trying to work on recently. I'd keep dancing, I'd go to that party even though I didn't know so many people, I'd fight to do a second language at school, I'd go on that trip etc etc.
My default setting seems to be, find a reason not to do something, don't do it, then spend the time I could've been doing it thinking 'oh I bet it would've been fun'. I spent most of my year abroad not doing stuff because I couldn't be bothered or I couldn't find a good enough reason to do it, but on the occasions when I did force myself to just get out of my room and do whatever that was (wine tasting, trip to the beach, drinks after lectures), I had the best time. I'm learning to do this, starting with booking a 2 week holiday to the States in just 2 and a half months (AAH!), and by and large I'm happier for it.
So what about you? If you could go back to any age, bringing what you've learned since being that age, when would you go back to, and what might you change?