If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
I was in the cafe-kitchen at work, which is right next to reception, which is right next to the huge front door. My manager was sitting in the reception on the phone to a client and I’m standing there staring into a coffee cup contemplating life. Next thing I know: scream *crash, bang, clash*
I turn to look at my manager who is sitting, wide-eyed with a cat perched on her head. Just chilling. She quickly apologizes to the client, hangs up the phone and runs at me crying while I attack her head with a broom screaming ‘Scat cat!’ I’m surprised the customers weren’t more curious. Anyway, the cat ran out the door and my manager wipes her eyes and says; “That’s the third time that has happened.”
I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe for ten minutes.