After just listening to the amazing Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) I’ve just though about what I would tell myself if I could go back to talk to myself while I was at school.
Back then I was a 14 year old not really knowing what I wanted to do and ready to lived a life where I have changed jobs numerous times, moved house twice, and had some not-very-good times and had some amazing time. What have I learnt? What pearls of wisdom can I dispense? What advice can I give?
Ladies and Gentleman of the class of 1994…
- Treat yourself with respect, do not rely on it from others.
- Respect others.
- Don’t go to bed fretful, you will not find the problem has gone away in the morning. You will just be more tired.
- Wear Sunscreen
- Take opportunities when they are offered. They are a rare commodity.
- Invest in Apple. Invest in yourself.
- Accept you will be heartbroken. Love yourself.
- Don’t give your loyalty to any company, they will not offer you theirs.
- You can trust your enemies to hurt you.
- You can trust your friends will hurt you more.
- Say Yes when you mean it.
- Say No when you mean it.
- Say Sorry even when you don’t.
- Exercise more.
- Eat less.
- Wear sunscreen, it really is that important.
- If you want to go somewhere then go. You are not Mohammed, you cannot bring the mountain to you.
- Believe in facts. Life is too short for superstition.
- Write more, take more photographs. Document your life. You will see you had more good times than you recall.
- Think about what you are doing more.
- Think less.
- Spend more time in the real world. No one really cares about your Rock Band score apart from you.
- Don’t give up on fads.
- Don’t be distracted by shiny things.
- Most importantly…live life. These will be the best years of your life, you don’t want to be 30 and thinking about what advice you would give yourself as a 20 year old.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “From You to You.”
Write a letter to your 14-year-old self. Tomorrow, write a letter to yourself in 20 years.