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On her blog Holly Burns of Nothing But Bonfires asks in honour of her siblings' 18th birthday was asking people to post in comments what they'd wish they'd known when they were 18.

These are my things I'd wish I'd known at 18:

1)That the pursuit of Good Shoes is not a frivolous thing but in fact a Holy and Sacred Quest.

2)That freely indulging in trash reading and viewing would seriously edify me and considerably lift my quality of life.

3)That angsty poetry should never be unleashed on the unsuspecting world. Never. Ever ever. In fact any poetry with the word ‘tears’ in it is probably better off burnt.

4)That if you ever wind up us a super poor student, then: a) it is perfectly possible to live without sugar, salt, vineagar or indeed any condiment except mayonnaise b) most bread past its use by date is palatable when toasted c) a lot of shops chuck out unsold sandwiches at the end of their working day.

5) Your liver is a not a never-ending reservoir of goodwill and perkiness, but a resource as precious and finite as fossil fuels.

6)That never taking myself too seriously was the best relationship and career decision I ever made.


What are yours?

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guihong
Sep. 14th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Things I wish I'd known at 18, and these are things I tell my daughter at 8:

1)You may be beautiful, but if nothing comes out of your mouth but trash, and nothing useful from the work of your hands, you are ugly as sin (re: Paris Hilton, Britney, Lindsey). My mother used to say, "Pretty is as pretty does".

2)Get into the habit of earning money, using it wisely, and saving most. Avoid non-useful debt (anything but education or a house; car if you can avoid it)

3)Believe in yourself, and follow your own heart. Don't do anything that you think you "should" be doing.

4)Forget trying to please other people. You can only please yourself.

5)Don't fall for any line about a guy's "needs". So you turn him down, he'll find a way.

gui

guihong
Sep. 14th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
OK, maybe not #5 yet, but it's coming (faster than I think).
casaubon
Sep. 14th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
4)Forget trying to please other people. You can only please yourself.

I'm not going to teach my kids this one until they've left home! :)
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