Throwing Resolutions To Your Past Selves
Every year, don’t we publically affirm that we’re going to follow, more or less, the same advice? Let’s give the litany:
This year, I will quit smoking. I will lose weight. I will exercise more. I will read more. I will sit down and, finally!, write The Great American (or Canadian) Novel. Or that children’s book I’ve been thinking about. I will learn to play a musical instrument. I will stop watching that show with all of the boobs that pretends to be about something, but, really, it’s just about boobs. Oh, and something job related.
Did I hit them all?
Instead of that advice, I’ve instead been thinking about advice I’d like to give me back when I needed it.
There’s the evergreen “dude, don’t go out with that person” advice. This is usually followed by an unreflective “you should totally go out with this other persion” advice which, for some reason, is always unbelievably optimistic. (“You should totally get to 2nd base with this other person” is probably better advice than “you should go out with that person” for any number of people in my past but maybe that’s just due to the circles I was hanging in.)
In any case, this is not a New Year’s Thread dedicated to New Year’s Resolutions. This is a New Year’s Thread dedicated to the pieces of advice that you are going to throw back to yourself in years (decades!) past.
Would you advise to avoid a particular lynchpin event? (“Don’t answer the phone on that Thursday at 4:30ish!”) Would you advise to adopt an entirely different set of behaviors? (“Seriously, just be yourself but be yourself less/more enthusiastically.”) What advice are you going to give?
I suppose we need rules so here’s the one rule that makes sense to me: you can’t require research. So none of that “on October 20th, 1997, play the following numbers on lotto…” nonsense. Now, you *CAN* say “when Clinton is president, buy gold and don’t stop buying gold until he’s not president” but… seriously? Is *THAT* going to be your advice?
Heck, let’s have a second rule: only one piece of advice per decade.
Oh, and let’s have a third rule: let’s see if we can’t make it advice that we, seriously, would follow if someone gave us that particular piece of advice. (Perhaps the toughest rule of all.)
So… whatcha got?