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At the age of ten life seems simple, it's all about running jumping and climbing trees. By eighteen you have discovered the opposite sex, alcohol and nightclubs. By twenty five you are your own person, confident and full of life. Suddenly you hit thirty. You find yourself questioning your choices from the years that have past, feeling slightly left on the shelf, wondering where your life is heading, juggling family and friends and faced with ever aging parents. You are not alone, welcome to 30 years and countinga sideways look at life in your thirties.

Things you learn in your thirties

I have often said to Maz that the person you will be in five years time is not the same person that you are now. Things change and your view of the world adjusts accordingly. What once seemed important fades into the background as you are faced with new challenges and grow as an individual. By the time you hit your thirties many things in your life will have changed. People you love will have come and gone, you will have realised that you are not going to be a rock star and you might even have a partner, spouse or children of your own to worry about. This all got me thinking about what advice could I offer now that my thirties are upon me. Here are the results.

Giving advice is a tricky thing. In 1997 Mary Schmich writing in the Chicago Tribune wrote “Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.” Her article was entitled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young”  but you might know it better as a song called “Wear sunscreen” by Baz Luhrmann. You can find Mary’s original article here and Baz’s song here if you are interested.

Mary’s article and Baz’s song got me thinking and I decided to borrow their shared structure for my own list of advice. I have no doubt that this will end up being one of those blog posts that gets buried away on the site and few people actually see but it is one of the most heart felt. If you have some time to kill I strongly suggest you try this, take a few minutes and write a short list of advice you would offer yourself back when you were eighteen based upon your life now. It really makes you think about your life, where you have come from and where you are going. Most importantly it makes you realise what is really important to you. Here are the things that life has taught me so far.

So there you go, that  is the best advice I could come up with. Just be grateful I didn’t try to sing rather than say it. So what do you think? Good advice? Do you have some better? What have you learned in life and what would you pass on to others? I would love to hear from you so drop me a comment.

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