Hindsight, that word Mrs Bath taught Bo and I to quote in year 12 Australian History, attributed to EH Carr and ‘What Is History’, well, yes he, she and we were right: it’s certainly a wonderful thing.
It is wisdom and also a superior vision and unfortunately too often the events must be lived for the wisdom to be gained and the benefit wrought.
I’ve had a few reasons of late to ponder my life with the rose-coloured frames of hindsight and I have come to a few conclusions.
On a base level, yes, I should have returned home the long weekend of the Queen’s Birthday, maybe I shouldn’t have started that sentence addressed to the GL with ‘The problem with you is‘ (and yes there was a better way to frame it) and I probably didn’t offer the best counsel to a dear friend following the termination of her relationship.
Hindsight, which I have now, would have led me down a different path.
A writer at Fairfax recently explored this idea of offering advice to a younger-yeared self. She jotted down a few pieces of her acquired wisdom and shared it with her audience.
My audience is far smaller but no less fabulous, and I feel cause to share a few of my learnings thanks to the benefit of hindsight.
Here ’tis, my advice to a younger ACH-self:
- Surf branded clothes are a waste of (your mother’s) money
- Don’t behave outside your values
- Your parents really do have your best interests at heart
- Most things just take practice
- Take care of your belongings and they will last longer
- An ability to save money will stand you in great stead
- Don’t get angry
- Be spontaneous but don’t be stupid
- Don’t accept behaviour less than that which you deserve just for the sake of having something or someone
- Be yourself, you are far more interesting that way
- Keep reading
- Learn how to work when you’re young, it’s of great value
- If you don’t trust your own judgment, ask someone who has judgment you trust
- You are impetuous, take a breath
- You will never like animals, don’t feel bad
- You’re doing a fabulous job