I see all the cool new movies, well about 6 months after they come out! Anyway I watched Looper this morning and it wasn’t bad. I’m a bit of a sucker for a good time travel story and in Looper Bruce Willis goes back in time (trying not to spoil) and has a good talk with his younger self.
Sit down, shut up and listen….
This all got me thinking about what I would have told myself 25 years ago (I would have been 21 then). To keep this relatively sensible I’m not allowed to give lottery numbers or winners of the Grand National otherwise Bruce Willis will shoot me.
Making sure I don’t give myself the lottery numbers!
In no particular order this is what I’d say:
- Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something; take massive action and act as if.
- Cultivate a sceptical mind. Learn about logical fallacies and the structure of an argument. This wasn’t around 25 years ago but all of you should read this – How to Argue
- Develop your own philosophy; decide what is important to you. Don’t follow the sheep – I mean the crowd:)
- Don’t take yourself so seriously, have more fun. I was so serious when I was younger, don’t be so serious.
- Constantly strive to improve yourself, both physically and intellectually, you decide your path, just don’t waste your life. The majority of those who read this will be into some form of weight lifting but for the few who stumbled across this who don’t lift remember this – exercise isn’t an option; the body you have needs to be moved otherwise this is the best you can ever expect to look or feel. Do something physical.And for everyone else how about reading the odd book. I have heard it said that no one ever got dumber by reading; I’m not sure I totally agree with this. I would suggest that you’re at least a little selective. Remember Nick’s stretch zone and challenge yourself a little.
- Try not to be a dick!
- The lottery numbers for 12/11/93 are….. Boom! Don’t mess with Bruce Willis.
Having said all this I can’t be too tough on my younger self. Overall I’m pretty happy with where I am these days. Maybe I should bear in mind an episode of Star Trek TNG which also involves time travel. In “Tapestry” Picard is given the chance to go back in time and change an event, which he does. When he returns to his current time he is no longer Captain but a much lower rack. The moral of the story is be careful what you wish for.
Sorry I went all nerdy on you there but some episodes of Star Trek TNG are worth watching:)