What advice would I give 18 year old me?
Let’s get one thing straight, 18 year old me would not have listened to a word that a balding, 41 year old 'professional’ said to him, much less taken on board any of his advice.
I suspect that is exactly as it should be.
But 41 year old me would have sorted some stuff right out for 18 year old me, so I'll play the game.
Make more of having hair while you’ve still got it.
Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Have some bloody fun man.
Do what you love, not what you think you should or, even worse, what’s easiest.
Don’t ditch what you love doing. Drawing, painting and making stuff. Yes, it takes time and effort when you could be drinking. It doesn’t matter that other people might be better at it than you. Or that you can’t see where it leads next. Or that you won’t always have the freedom to do it the way you want to do it. Such is life. The longer you can keep doing stuff you love, the less time you’ll spend doing the absolute crap everyone expects you to do, the more chance you’ll learn amazing things about yourself and turn that into something useful that’ll take you to interesting places.
Maintain a close relationship with the truth.
Everybody needs to blag a bit from time to time, a bit of imagination goes a long way and gives you room to grow. But if you’re telling people outright lies then you’re going to burn yourself and the people around you. And waste a whole load of life and energy along the way. The truth gives you the freedom to be yourself. Plus you won’t be a total dick.
Milk every single second of watching Oldham Athletic right now.
This is as good as it gets. The next 23 years are going to be unremittingly diabolical.
Go meet different people.
Get out of your comfort zone. Talk to people that aren’t like you. Take some risks. Don’t keep taking the obvious path. Have an adventure. I imagine (I know) 64 year old me will be giving 41 year old me the same advice, so help me out and start earlier OK?
Blackburn Rovers are going to win the Premier League next season.
Yes, that Blackburn Rovers. Start saving, put everything you have on it.