That’s sound advice that is!

All through your life people will offer you advice. Some will be asked for and some unwanted. Some will be good and some will be unbelievably terrible and often times catastrophic if followed. But at the end of the day, we choose the paths we take throughout our lifetime. I’ve cocked up many times and have no one to blame but myself. However not all the advice I refused to listen to had life changing effects. Here are some of my more memorable / funny ones.

  • Will you slow down, this is not a race car and you’re only learning.” This was said by my Dad approximately 5 minutes before I crashed his Massey Ferguson tractor into a concrete post which was the only thing stopping it falling down a steepish embankment. We had a long slow walk back to the house to get the digger to rescue it with. There were a lot of apologies on my part and a lot of silence on my Dad’s which meant he was less than pleased.
  • You’re going to end up getting hurt” – Again said by my Dad. When we were younger my sister and I used to share a room which had two single beds. One night when there was a strong possibility I was pretending to be Dracula or some other mythical creature with fangs, I can’t quite remember, I placed two straws in my mouth and decided to hop back and forth between the two beds. I was going great guns and having the time of my life until I fell against the bed and jammed the top of the straws into the roof of my mouth. I ended up with my head hanging over the side of the bath spitting blood and my Dad probably saying “I told you so.”
  • “Don’t play with that, you’ll break it.” I’m not 100% sure if this is what my Sister said or not, but it was probably something along those lines, and it was in reference to the Sindy horse she received from Santa. I of course did not listen and proceeded to gallop said Sindy horse all over the house by holding onto it’s tail. Tail and horse seperated and I hid behind the freezer hoping no one would find out…or me for that matter me. There is another vicious rumour I fed her pippa dolls to the dog, but hey innocent until proven guilty!
  • “Pull the brakes slowly, they are not working to well” – Said  my friends father as I whizzed down the hill past his house on her bike. Of course I panicked, jammed on the brakes and flew Superwoman style over the handlebars putting my two front teeth through my bottom lip.
  • Never fall in love with a Scottish Dude” – It took me 3 failed attempts to realise the wisdom behind my friends words. What can I say, I’m a sucker for the accent!
  • “You really do need to study for your exams. Stop looking at me like that, I’m serious, you really do, I wish I had listened to the person who told me” – Oh the arrogance of youth. I didn’t study very hard despite hearing this sentence repeatedly from various sources. I failed most of my exams and had to go back the following year and do them all again. See I wasn’t lying when I said I was not the brightest pixie in the forest :) Many times I have passed on the knowledge in this sentence to others who are sitting exams only to receive the same look that I probably gave. Emphatic pleas and hand gestures follow, usually to no avail.

I’m sure there were many more pearls of wisdom and nuggets of knowledge passed along to me, but being old and not having a very good memory, I cannot recall them at present.

If only I’d seen this 20 or so years ago:

Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.
— Ernest Hemingway

26 thoughts on “That’s sound advice that is!

  1. If only we had the gift of hindsight when we were young….but then again life is full of the mistakes we make, good to see you are as human as the rest of us Juls….but when we were teenagers we knew everything didn’t we….our parents came from the dark ages…now my kids think that of me….is that karma??

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  2. As a teenager I remember being annoyed by how little my parents knew … and later thoroughly amazed by how much they had learned by the time I was 25. Great post reminded me of some of the good advice I kicked aside. ..


  3. My dad used to give me sage advice like, “don’t fall in” when I’d head toward the bathroom. To this day, I have no memory of ever falling in, so why on earth would he tell me that, REPEATEDLY and IN FRONT OF MY FRIENDS?! Still, I’m very careful not to do so because he was a wise, wise man.

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  4. Hilarious!! Oh man…this reminds me of the time I almost crashed a golf cart into a tree!! BUT, it was NOT sage advice my father was giving me at the time. Oh no. He was the one telling me to go faster! I had never driven anything before in my life, and he was telling me to go FASTER! I quickly lost control and went careening down a hill and was only two inches from certain death. He just laughed and admitted that his advice was not so great!

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  5. Great post. Not sure I told you, but my 10 year old daughter knows everything and is perfect, tells that to me all the time despite making mistakes, like a 2 out of 5 on her math quiz. I’ve told her a hundred times to not do the work in her head, well, she did and I had this nugget for her in response. “If it’s wrong, doesn’t matter how you get there, it’s still wrong.” I’m not sure she picked up on the cyclical thinking, lol.

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