- LIFE HAPPENS WHEN YOU’RE NOT WATCHING
At 18 you are all eager to get on with your life… Frustrated that nothing seems to be happening…
Then four years later, it’s all already happened, and you don’t know how or why or with whom… But it’s all happened and you are stuck with it! So my fatuous advice yo my former self: DON’T RUSH TO COMMIT!
2. LOVE IS RARE!
By eighteen, I’d already met and lost my one true love, I’d Known it but not settled to it.
I presumed love was ubiquitous, and could be found anywhere. I had 33 years to ponder that falsehood! Luckily, I got another chance and I hold one to her with an iron-like grasp!
3. SPORT IS NOT THAT IMPORTANT
As an Aston Villa fan I have suffered 50 years of metaphysical pain and anguish, and a few moments of pleasure. As a rugby player I have suffered fifty years of physical pain and anguish… on-going as my knees, back and neck are shot to hell. My advice to myself:
Stick to art it’s much less painful!
4. GAMBLING IS FOR MUGS!
I kind of knew this anyway, but my superstitious mind half-believed that luck would change and God would see that I was good and deserving. Patent nonsense.
My advice : Gambling is literally mathematical robbery!
5. DON’T TRY TO BE CONVENTIONAL!
For years, I tried to be a real boy, like Pinocchio, yet I never felt that I could fit in… To be plain, I never thought in the same way as everyone else. By the time the I reached the age of 50, I realised it was a pointless exercise and I just embraced my personality… I am who I am… I wished I’d accepted that years ago!