what i wish i'd known sooner

i am seventeen.
there are a lot of stupid things i do that make me wish i had already known not to do them.
some are lighthearted, some are serious, all are very true.
here are a few of the gems:

# dont drink grape juice while wearing the school uniform and driving to school.
# dont let your life wait for other people.
# dropping a cellular phone into a bathtub of water kinda kills the phone.
# your mother will find out if you dye your hair purple.
# milk crates make boring pets.
# dont ever fall in love with someone who is more than one thousand miles away from you. it usually doesnt work.
# if it hurts, DONT DO IT AGAIN!
# that which does not kill you will ultimately make you stronger.
# speaking in public gets easier with practice.
# dont sprint around a pool if you're trying to impersonate Jim from Huck Finn.
# ten years from now most of what we freak out about wont make any difference.
# all thats gold doesnt glisten.
# zits always pop up when you really cant afford for them to pop up.
# always stay after class because thats where connections are made.
# when in doubt, duck. when certain, dont bother, cause you're already screwed.
# if you're not living (i mean really living), you're dead already.
# just because someone flirts with you incessantly doest necessarily mean he or she likes you.
# if your maths teacher tells you to quit talking after a test or he'll give you a zero for your test grade, he means it. really.
# sometimes smart people can do very, very stupid things.
# being nice to people will get you far.
# the one person you can truly love is often right in front of you.
# never, ever, EVER let a member of the opposite sex make you compromise your standards. never.
# nothing is ever too good to be true (said by Michael Faraday).
# if you start to like a girl, her roommate will immediately start liking you (if you're a boy).
# while your parents are driving a car through a gate, always, ALWAYS make sure the gate is open! the consequences might be fatal to the car.
# parents arent around forever, and you need to treasure them while they are.
# never do something if the risk is greater than the reward.
# think carefully before you act.
# dreaming and doing go hand in hand.
# life moves fast, but not so fast that you cant slow down to enjoy it.
# instead of waiting for life to get better, do something about it.
# you REALLY should do what needs to be done NOW, and not later. procrastination is the easiest way but not the most profitable.
# if your intuition is telling you not to do something, then dont. your intuition is not stupid!
# if he doesnt respect you, then he's not worth any of your time.
# young women really dig electric guitar. boys must learn how to play it.
# dont juggle knives unless you're really, really good at it.
# if at first you dont succeed, try again. then give up. no sense being ridiculous about it.
# sticking things up your nose isnt the smartest idea in the world.
# hair is flammable. very flammable.
# never ever trust your friend with a pair of scissors against your hair.
# white dogs and black pants dont mix.
# God doesnt make junk!
# you never know when you're making a memory.
# the heart does heal and you will love like this again - except that when you do, you'll deny that you ever loved like this before.
# nothing matters if you dont have loved ones to share it with. your siblings are incredibly precious. if you dont know this now, you will - trust me!
# if you can laugh at yourself, you are going to be fine.
# if you allow others to laugh with you, you'll be great!
# kissing is the most fun thing. dancing is almost as fun.

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