Thursday 12 January 2017


I know this has been done before (I've read similar on at least 3 blogs before) but I've always wanted to do this. So here's the set up; you have one opportunity to briefly travel back in time and hand yourself a short note in the past.

This note won't directly affect other people's lives (such as the birth of children etc) unless you prevent a relationship, we aren't going to delve too deep into the cause and effect of temporal paradoxes. Anyway the portal awaits...
The portal might look familiar (© recognised) 
My target is 1983, I'll be 12 and living in North East Derbyshire. Here's basically what advice I would give to my younger self.

Ok I know you feel small at the moment but that won't be forever, make sure you don't worry about what others think of you (it's not important). Remember you look great, be confident with that. 

Soon Mum and Dad will embark on a dream of their's to run a pub. There's some exciting times ahead but it will rip you away from your home and your friends. Stay strong. 

Soon you have a choice to make. Computers or Art. School won't let you do both. Computers are new and exciting but art is your first love, follow your dream but make sure you don't leave the other choice behind. 

You'll be enjoying your ZX Spectrum about now, in a few years you'll upgrade and 'lend' the old one to your uncle. Don't! He'll break it! 

I know you enjoy your bike. Don't ever give up cycling. In a few years you'll want a BMX (you'll understand what that is when it happens). Either resist and get a road/racing bike or go back to one afterwards. I gave up cycling at 16 and went back to it at 30, a gap that I/you'll regret - a bike will serve you well throughout your life. 

One day liking sci fi and such will be cool. Next time someone ribs you about it smile to yourself, they love it too but they don't have the guts to admit it. 

When you get to 16 resist the urge to 'grow' a moustache. You won't be capable, one day you'll be able to grow a magnificent beard. Being 16 will be hard but hang on in there, it gets easier just 12 months later. 

When you get to be an adult you'll need to focus on what you want to do. There are no short cuts (even though you might think there are). Stay in education for as long as possible, return to education if the opportunity arises (and it will). Consider part time work to fund your lifestyle if necessary. Most of all, don't stop dreaming. 

And finally here are the lottery numbers for Wednesday 28th December 2016; 05 - 40 - 47 - 48 - 52 - 54. There were no winners and you'll be £22,170,849 better off. Make sure you don't forget to put the numbers on.

So that's it. What else could I have said? What would you say to your younger self? 

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