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Would your future self send advice to your earlier self?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by [FnG]magnolia, May 4, 2019.

  1. Participant


    Joined: May 13, 2003

    Posts: 30,572

    Location: Warwickshire

    Use a condom even if they're hot. Genital warts are not fun.
  2. Dolph

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 46,967

    Location: Plymouth

    Dont date the psycho.
  3. GeordieStew


    Joined: Nov 3, 2014

    Posts: 117

    Don't get into debt... Save/pension from a younger age... spend money on experiences not things...

    Mostly money related!
  4. azazl187

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 19, 2010

    Posts: 2,165

    Take a hit and get trained up. Join a local collage and do an evening course and take holiday to do the courses during the day.

    I was in a similar situation. I was a trainee carpenter when I was younger but dropped out of collage. Ive spent the last 15 years without a skill but worked my way up as far as I could go. My employee refused to pay me more money and said if I wanted more I'd have to leave. I felt used and abused but the big Corp who didn't care about me or my skills and drive to get to a decent salary and position.

    I spent the last year's worth of holiday days working back on the tools with a carpenter who then asked me to go self employed and work with him as he has work coming out if his ears.

    3 months later and I've never been happier. I have my own tools and van and I'm relearning a trade. I'm better off financially as well as in my home life. I'm also my own boss which feels great.

    If you want it just do it mate, you can do anything if you try hard enough to get there. Im 37 and people told me it was too late to change my career path. Its never too late but every day you spend procrastinating is another day lost.

    Good luck
  5. -UnderClocker-


    Joined: May 14, 2018

    Posts: 119

    Last weeks winning lotto numbers. Or better yet, the last big euro-millions winning numbers :D
  6. robgmun


    Joined: Apr 30, 2006

    Posts: 14,979

    Buy lots of shares in Apple and Microsoft when you start work. Then sell the lot (Bit Coin, Apple and MS) in 2018 and retire. Lots of money related stuff as well

    I would also tell myself which girls to go for and more importantly which to avoid at all costs
  7. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,555

    Spend less time to people who have a lot to say about everything and more with the quiet ones. Question the older more and spend time asking them about their life because often they will have lived through fascinating times. Never mistake a quick mind and energy as knowing and being special. You are not as informed as you think you are in your 20’s.
    Last edited: May 5, 2019
  8. Thekwango


    Joined: Feb 5, 2009

    Posts: 11,192

    Location: Northern Ireland

    Or instead of going through all that guff just tell yourself a few lottery draw results.
  9. h4rm0ny


    Joined: Jun 25, 2011

    Posts: 5,475

    Location: Yorkshire and proud of it!

    I wouldn't send advice. I don't think it would do any good. I would send support and encouragement. Some of the things we face when we are young aren't failures of not knowing what we should do, but of having the courage to do it. And this is something that takes time to build and develop. You could tell a 13 year old child they should do something about what is happening, but it's not a question of should but of overcoming the emotional difficulties - shame, fear, self-doubt. I think I would send only a message saying: "I'm here, all these years later. Things are different now. You didn't give up."

    Advice is over-rated.
  10. builder22


    Joined: Dec 14, 2005

    Posts: 2,564

    no, I used to be fine :p
  11. esmozz


    Joined: Oct 24, 2013

    Posts: 182

    When I finished uni you could buy a 3 bed victorian terrace in London (Brixton) for about 45k, I got a fairly decent job and could quite easily afforded one. But no, I decided to rent :(. One of the worst financial mistakes of my life....
  12. pooley


    Joined: Jun 11, 2010

    Posts: 3,232

    Location: In the dwelling

    nope, zero ***** given!
  13. zxh800


    Joined: May 24, 2011

    Posts: 121

    Yea. Lots of cryptocurrency related advice hah. That's mostly it though. Focus on fitness and healthy eating a lot more would be a given. That and play less Fifa and multiplayer games in general.
  14. NMBlack


    Joined: Sep 21, 2013

    Posts: 541

    Location: London

    Living and working in London, "buy a house in 2009" would certainly be the advice I'd give to my younger self...
  15. JRS


    Joined: Jun 6, 2004

    Posts: 13,972

    Location: Burton-on-Trent

    My future self, on time-traveling back, would definitely tell earlier self to look into that whole time travel thing. Thus creating a stable loop :cool:

    Oh, and also your little Fiat that you genuinely loved is going to contract a case of terminal tin rot that the garage who replaced your fuel tank hid after they screwed the work up. So dig a bit deeper there. Because none of the cars that you've daily-driven since will ever match up to the sheer unalloyed joy of driving that thing far too quickly.
  16. Meddling-Monk


    Joined: Sep 2, 2013

    Posts: 677

    What I'd tell myself:

    I'm happily married, with kids. And surprisingly in a job I wasn't expecting, but really happy with. :D

    And what my past self would think on hearing that?

    SWEET... :)
  17. chroniclard


    Joined: Apr 23, 2014

    Posts: 12,707

    Location: Hertfordshire

    I would go back to this morning and tell myself not to put those ashes from last nights fire in the bin.


  18. SlyReaper


    Joined: Apr 26, 2008

    Posts: 6,335

    Location: Bristol, Old Blighty

    Buy Bitcoin and Apple shares. I'll Biff Tannen the hell out of that new timeline!
  19. phrases


    Joined: Jul 11, 2011

    Posts: 721

    I'd go back and tell my high school self to stop being a shy unt and bang those sixth former girls who were always giving me the eye. Even on a freezing cold day blatent as hell telling me to put my tool in to keep warm :O

    Then suffering from **** rot no doubt but what fun way to go that would of been instead of the misery and torture i endure these days from the wife.
  20. JRS


    Joined: Jun 6, 2004

    Posts: 13,972

    Location: Burton-on-Trent

    Good effort!