Have you ever written yourself advice in the past or the future. I have done both several times at different periods in my life, the first being in our counter-culture English teachers class in High School. I came across a list a friend wrote recently and feel it has some great advice as it was written around the same time in his life. It was for his future self to his younger self.
- Your thirties, forties and fifties won’t feel like your thirties, forties and fifties.
- Bad things will happen to you and your friends.
- Everyone can make a huge difference.
- First impressions aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
- Big results come when you narrow your focus.
- Love yourself. Become your own priority.
- Sometimes you just have t go for it.
- In order to get, you have to give.
- Not much is worth fighting about.
- Don’t try to impress everyone.
- Keep having fun.
- Keep it simple.
- Little things stick with you.
- Keep your opinions to yourself.
- Manage your time.
- Manage your money.
- What you learn in school does matter.
- Dreams will remain dreams forever if you don’t take action.
What he did different was he interviewed his father who at the time was in his early 50’s. So what have we as a human race said about sage advice for the future, let’s have a look:
1. Three values for a bright, bright future.
2. Mahatma used this ethos to free a country for foreign rule: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RYNED5p2EY
3. If we do this every day we will have a lot of personal gratitude in our lives.
4. How’s the book of your life coming along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1d4r9awjKE&list=PL0msuI7SJDFfd2BRR9rOYWF5X9NGlcVXW
5. And Serena is one of a few people who would have the money to even consider this.
6. Make mistakes, this is what you learn from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6rP-YP4c5I
7. Written by the famous Ms Anon, this fits with if you never lie you don’t have to remember anything.
8. Haven’t included a quote by a POTUS for a while, this is a great one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqolSvoWNck
9. To be great you will have to go in every direction, some that even you may not give yourself permission.
10. The future is really up to you to create, so do it well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm9Zf1WYQ_A
11. If you do good deeds throughout your life, you will not need campaigns, etc, etc.
12. Hard to believe the wisdom of Forrest Gump is 30 years old: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0yFOupUkKQ&list=PLq_6wXJhooZNrHqOq-PLaEQ-VFpgtNc4V&index=14
14. Take the suggestions but begin the journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4iY1TtS3s
15. What are you writing for yours?
So this made me think about advice my parents had given me over the years and the times I ignored them. As my friend said, looking back they were right most of the time. This is one of the gifts of eldership.
For today’s playlist we begin with one of my favourite Australian singer/songwriters Anne McCue. Then the second Elvis, Elvis Costello. Three fine female singers follow: Shakira, Marilyn Monroe and Billie Ellish. The penultimate song is a 60’s classic by Scott McKenzie and we finish with Martin Luther King: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrt4bcuSvPP1abdV9OUkpqgs
Supporting, guiding and making contributions to other people is one of life’s greatest rewards. Everything you do comes around. Who knows what our futures will be, all I know that mine will include spreading Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. I have set the plan in place through my two Facebook groups: Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/183421768519278. You are cordially invited to join one or both of these groups as the more supporting this ethos the merrier.
Until we meet again, my dear friends.