The Sunscreen Song is so, so popular on the radio over here in Ghana.
Hearing it over and over has got me to thinking – what sort of advice would I give to myself 10 years ago?
(Also, this would hardly seem a blog with an “advice to my young self” post).
Eating is the most important things that you do every day.
If you do nothing else each day, eat.
And do it often.
Don’t worry so much about what. Or how much.
Just do it.
And stop skipping breakfast.
(You will again get this feedback in a career performance review in 10 years time).
Relationships are important. And everyone can teach you something.
You already know this.
But, I cannot emphasise it enough. There will be times when you will wonder whether it is really worth the effort.
Yes. Yes. Yes.
No matter their age, 4, 40, 400, other people have had a lifetime of experience that you have not had. And they can point out things about you that you will never be able to see.
On top of that, every single major event in your life (thus far) will be precipitated and then aided by a relationship which has been forged over time.
(Thank you, thank you, thank you)
Don’t worry so much about finding inspiration, it will come.
Just be on the lookout for when it does.
And leave the time and space to act when it does.
(This includes the middle of the night).
Also, on that, relationships will come. And as my father reminded me just this weekend, responsibility, it too will come.
There is nothing wrong with sadness.
So be patient and it will pass. It always does.
It is a part of you, just like it is a part of everybody else.
But it is hardly all that you are.
Incidentally, the best way to fix sadness is people (see relationships, above).
But, you will keep forgetting this.
So keep reminding yourself.
Thoughts on inspiration in this post come from Hugh McLeod.