Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Words of Advice

borrowed from Mishi's Gathering

Here are some of the things I would tell my younger self:

  1. Yes, use the words 'fuck off' much more frequently
  2. It is OK to dream, but it is up to you to make your dreams come true.
  3. If you are not happy with your life, change it!
  4. Fear is no excuse 
  5. If you can't afford it, don't buy it.
  6. Save!
  7. Buying the cheapest is not always the best choice
  8. Don't settle for second best
  9. Never, ever excuse abuse of any kind. 
  10. Don't waste time hanging with people who put you down
  11. It is better to be alone than with someone who doesn't treat you right
  12. Love your body and your mind - you only have them for a limited time
  13. If you don't love you, how can you expect anyone else to?
  14. It is never too late
  15. Look for the silver lining - it is always there
  16. Everything happens for a reason
  17. Make every experience a lesson - learn the lesson
  18. Accept people for who they are
  19. The only person you should try to change is yourself
  20. Karma - pay it forward
  21. "... there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so ..." (Hamlet)

And back in 2002, my son listed the things he had learned from me:

  1. Always say thank you
  2. Don't spit
  3. Eat the chocolates I don't like
  4. Put rubbish in your pocket (not on the ground)
  5. Be good to people but don't let them push you about
  6. Respect women
  7. Never let anyone hurt the people who are close to you
  8. It is good to be early
  9. Listen
  10. Try not to sulk
  11. Let people make their own mistakes, be ready to pick them up
  12. Be big enough to admit you are wrong
  13. Enjoy every day
If you don't understand # 3, you don't know me well enough. If you are curious, ask.

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