1995 to 2035

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The last week has been a struggle.
I have found inspiration hard to come by.

This morning however I was hit with a spark of inspiration thanks to a cracked and broken CD by the side of the road.

It was entitled Dance Hits 95 and it made me smile immediately.
Partly because I can’t remember the last time I saw a CD, also 1995 is when Ieft High School and started Sixth Form College.

It was also the year that really got me into House music and accounts for many hours in vinyl shops from 1998 onwards.

Some of the songs from that year include:
Everything but the Girl – Missing.
The Nightcrawlers – Push the Feeling On
De’lacy – Hideaway.

Obviously the poppier end of the dance spectrum but these and many more like them soundtracked the Summer of 1995. Like any moment of nostalgia, hearing those songs takes me back to some incredibly fond moments.

It was a time before real responsibilities kicked in and I was pretty much free to do what I wanted. I had a small part time job but other than that I was free to come and go as I pleased. My parents worked long hours and I was pretty self sufficient by this point. I remember most of the Summer was spent at a Friends house, playing video games or pool in his cellar.

As the Summer drew to a close and College started something seemed to change.
More was expected academically, people were focused on University and those in the year above me seemed very mature and almost adult like.

Looking back now it was a piece of cake, but it did not seem like that at the time.
If only I knew then what I know now…

Which got me to to thinking two things.
What advice would I give, now, to my sixteen year old self?
Also, what advice would my fifty five year old self be saying to me now?

Thirty Five to Sixteen

  • Not everything will work itself out at the last minute – work hard!
  • Time flies and that last minute is going to be here quicker than you can imagine!
  • Listen to what people have to say, don’t believe your way is the only way.
  • Don’t get so damn worked up in social situations – people will take you as they find you.
  • What was the point in being so anxious about stuff?
  • You don’t have to be suspicious of new people and their motives.
  • You liked 2Unlimited. What were you thinking? No, No, No, No, No.

Fifty Five to Thirty Five

  • Not everything will work itself out at the last minute – work hard!
  • Time flies and that last minute is going to be here quicker than you can imagine!
  • Listen, Listen, Listen. In fact, Listen three times more than you speak.
  • Women, generally, tend to be correct. Just listen, nod and apologise.
  • Try not to frown so much, when you are concentrating – it scares people.
  • Aim to do something positive, even if it is a very small thing, every day.
  • Realise that you are going to make mistakes and screw up – it’s called learning.
  • Realise that other people are going to make mistakes and screw up – it’s called learning.

As you can see, some of the advice is exactly the same. I think there are life lessons that are applicable no matter how young/old you are. Some of the advice to my sixteen old self no longer applies.

You get older, you become more comfortable with who you are and you are not trying so hard to work out what life is.

That does not mean you stop learning and as the last two points make clear – getting it wrong is OK, as long as you learn from it.

What advice would you give to your sixteen year old self and is this advice still relevant today?
What advice would your fifty five year old self be saying to your right now?
How will this advice help shape the positive impact you will have on your life and on others?

When I hit fifty five I look forward to stumbling over an old song in an itunes library or spotify playlist, all the way back from 2015…

Believe and take action.

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