In Hindsight Everything Is Much Clearer 10 things Miss Ohlala wished she had known when she was younger…
There are some things I wish had been drilled into me when I was young. I expect they went in one ear and came out of the other, so my parents are hardly to blame. However here are some words of wisdom for those in their teens or early twenties: 1. It’s OK not to know what you want to do “when you grow up”. Many grown-ups still haven’t found their vocation in life. But if you work hard and follow your dreams you may be one of the lucky few who enjoy their job. 2. Don’t wear heels 24/7 in your heydays or you will likely suffer from bunions or corns ever after. Once you end up with ugly sister feet, no amount of creams or pedicures will undo the damage caused by years of working and dancing the night away in high heels. Once you find a brand of shoe that fit comfortably, stick to it, and don’t be tempted to buy cheaper high street versions. 3. Don’t over pluck your eyebrows. In the 90s we were busy plucking our eyebrows for fear of them being labelled “caterpillars” at school. Who knew that in the decades to follow we would all be craving full eyebrows like Cara Delevingne? No one ever warned me that at some point eyebrows will give in and resist further growth. 4. On a similar vein, don’t ever shave your legs. There is no doubt that waxing or laser hair removal is expensive in comparison, however it leaves the skin smooth and silky. Once you start to shave, you are doomed. 82
5. Save up to buy select investment clothes and heirloom jewellery for your wardrobe rather than wasting disposable income on cheap high street clothes. It is definitely worth buying certain high street items for your wardrobe, such as T-shirts, shirts and work clothes. However, I would recommend saving up for designer jeans, coats, dresses and boots where possible. 6. Start a birthday diary before you forget your friends’ birthdays. And when you reach an age when all your friends are having babies, write down the year each child was born so that you know what age they will be on each birthday. It saves the embarrassment of having to ask the question or stalking their profile on social media. 7. The same goes for addresses. Keep an up-to-date list of family and friend’s addresses. Otherwise, every year after Christmas or your birthday you will find yourself hunting around for their addresses. 8. Get a filing cabinet or work out an efficient method to organise your paperwork early on. Rushing to complete tax returns when your paperwork is in a mess is a headache best avoided. 9. Get good financial advice early on in life. Plan for your retirement as soon as you start your working life. 10. Being popular is generally irrelevant once you leave high school. The most important thing is to cherish those friends that you love and to be loved by those that you care about.
For The Modern Middle Eastern Woman