I’ve been stewing over the infamous ‘work/ life’ balance a lot of late and reflecting on whether decisions I’ve made recently and not so recently have been the right ones. It’s left me rather discombobulated (I know awesome word right – #selfhighfive), which is why I think this article in the Independent about people’s greatest regrets stayed in my mind for days after I read it over the weekend. I’m not ashamed to admit some quotes even left me a little teary-eyed.
Disclaimer – it’s not that hard to leave me teary-eyed. This photo actual breaks me every time I see it:
I mean look at the chubby toddler hands and the smushy cat face *sob*. Anyway, enough of my ridiculous emotional instability, the article got me thinking about the advice I want to give to the Child and because she’ll probably never ask for it I thought I’d share it on here:
1.Don’t be ashamed to be funny. I can already see you’ve got a wicked sense of humour but if people tell you you’re only funny because you’re not something – not pretty enough, not popular enough, not clever enough – tell them to shove their own insecurities up their arse. You’re funny because you see the world like that and that is enough.
2.Remember ‘whens’ are ‘ifs’. “When you get married…” When you have kids…” “When you go to University…” If, if, if. This is only untrue at bedtime – then it is most definitely WHEN you go to sleep.
3. Don’t let your ego be flattered into making choices that aren’t right for you.
4. That voice in the back of your head is always right. ALWAYS. Listen to it. Especially if it’s telling you to eat the last slice of cake or buy your mum a pony.
5. Life may be short but it’s the longest thing you’ll ever know so take your time.
6. Don’t let me tell you what or what not to wear. For goodness sake I wore skants* for years – my fashion judgement is not good.
7. Be brave. If you want to do something or be something then do it. As long as you’re not hurting yourself or anyone else then go for it.
8. Watch Neighbours. It really is an underrated show and the viewing figures are getting so low I’m worried they’re going to cancel it. Neighbours’ future and my future happiness are in your hands.
9. Don’t buy a bed with a footboard – it only leads to pain and a thousand thigh bruises.
10. Phone your mum! I’m not expecting (or want) you to live next door to me all your life or tell me your innermost secrets but just check in with me once in a while and share some of your adventures. Even better invite me along; I’m only kidding you’d cramp my skant-wearing, pony-riding style.
What do you think to my list? What words of wisdom do you want to pass on?
*trousers with a skirt sewn over the top a la Zoe Ball or B*witched for those untainted by 90’s ‘fashion’