(with apologies to my grandparents, Special Agent Gibbs and the author of Wear Sunscreen)
Don’t feel guilty when you don’t know what you want to do with your life. Some of the most interesting people never do.
Do as you would be done by. In both love and war.
Always have a contingency plan. For a long while this can be to go back to Mum and Dad. Just not too much, they have our own lives to lead…..
Sometimes –you’re wrong.
Clean up your own mess. In everything.
It’s better to bend the rules rather than break them.
Hold on to a few precious friends. You will need people who knew you when you were young. Brothers are useful too.
Courtesy costs nothing. And brings great rewards.
Look after your knees and your teeth. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Do one thing every day that scares you. Remember that this need not be actually dangerous, otherwise you won’t have many days! Most of us really only manage an average of one a week, if that.
Never lie. And when you never do it, always be specific.
Eat your vegetables.
The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person – if you must. There is no third best.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind.
The real troubles in your life will be the awful things you never foresaw.
The universe is not picking on you.
Remember the compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you can do this, please tell the rest of us how.
Walk 30 minutes each day.
Keep your old love letters. Hide them until you are old.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you, because you never know when it will stop. Remember the bit about contingency plans?
Respect your elders. One day you will be one of them.