Life offers many experiences from the insignificant to significant. Approaching my 62nd birthday, I can share that more than a few things people believe are significant are not really important. Conversely, little insignificant things may have been gateways into something more meaningful. As Robert Frost wrote, the road not taken has made all the difference.
The girl or boy you did not ask out, as your friends labeled the person too different, might have opened your eyes to wonderful experiences.
Being prevented by your parents from attending a party may be mortifying for a teen, but does not make that big a difference in the big scheme of things.
To this point, the most well-adjusted Hollywood couples, live away from the superficial Hollywood scene. They crave the reality, not perception.
Being genuine is far more important than being popular. Choosing to help or listen to someone with a problem, is far more important than being “liked.”
Changing your mind on a major decision may prove embarrassing, but it is usually for the best. Life events are worthy of as much introspection as possible. I have never regretted unwinding a major decision.
Saying “no” may be unpopular, but it is also more than fine to decline. People sometimes overcommit and end up letting people down.
Take the time to ask your older relatives about your heritage before it is too late. I still have unanswered questions, especially after doing research online. Knowing your lineage and history is gratifying, even if the history reveals some warts. Our kids love to speak of their roots.
Finally, one of the things my wife and I miss with the COVID-19 limitations is talking to people we encounter on our travels, near and far. A trip to Ireland was seasoned by chatting with Oola, who grew up in a corner of Belgium, very close to two other countries, eg. Take the time to talk to folks. It may make all the difference.