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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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Give some advice to your younger self..

GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands ModeratorPosts: 5,727 mod
If you could go back in time and talk to yourself as a child, what would you say?

For me, it would be "don't worry, it's not too bad - but don't be so shy!"

What would you like to say to yourself as a child if you could?

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  • MichouxeMichouxe Posts: 3,747 ✭✭✭✭✭
    For me as child I would say to myself, don't believe everything adults to promise or say! And don't let you do always!
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,291 ✭✭✭✭
    @Michouxe
    It's true that grown ups don't tell kids the truth all the time. I know that because now that's what I do as a grown up. Haha!

    But I'd like to say it's for the kids' sake.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,291 ✭✭✭✭
    What I'd like to tell myself as a kid is be sure to play more with your friends while you're still in the US. Try to maintain friendship and communications with them after you go back to Japan.
  • MichouxeMichouxe Posts: 3,747 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @takafromtokyo said, It's true that grown ups don't tell kids the truth all the time. I know that because now that's what I do as a grown up. Haha!

    But I'd like to say it's for the kids' sake.

    I think it's not always for the sake of the child that adults lie to kids.
  • MichouxeMichouxe Posts: 3,747 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What I still want to say to myself as child, have some more self-confidence!

  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 5,727 mod

    What I'd like to tell myself as a kid is be sure to play more with your friends while you're still in the US. Try to maintain friendship and communications with them after you go back to Japan.

    This is a really important lesson, I think. Friendship is without a doubt one of the most important things that we have, yet so many people seem to be too busy to focus on their friendships a lot of the time.
  • MichouxeMichouxe Posts: 3,747 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I want to say myself as child and also now, go not back in time, but look always to the future!
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 7,298 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @prateek @jackelliot @mohit_singh @GemmaRowlands

    When as a child I asked some questions always found the adults I was too curious and very often my questions were not answer, but I was sent to the outside. I found the adults cruel, but maybe it was me who wasn't shy enough!

    I wouls say to the adults give always an answer to the children, so they will get trust in their life and if we have trust we make more friends.

    I agree with @takafromtokyo a friendship is so valuable.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 755 OTT
    @Michouxe your advise is what I gave to the Afhan I talked with a few days ago when he told me about his experience with the Taliban
  • joshuachinjoshuachin Posts: 4
    Everyone do not have enough preparation in live . So I were to go back to my younger self I would told to prepare for things that are important for future.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 5,727 mod

    Everyone do not have enough preparation in live . So I were to go back to my younger self I would told to prepare for things that are important for future.

    Yes, I agree with this. I think lots of people are completely unprepared for adult life, financially as well.
  • soupmantrasoupmantra Posts: 298 ✭✭
    My advice to my younger self would be don't worry about the world, be confidence and don't take much time for small decisions.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 5,727 mod

    My advice to my younger self would be don't worry about the world, be confidence and don't take much time for small decisions.

    I think that is good advice. Sometimes we can spend so much time worrying that we don't bother to think about all of the good things in life. If we worry too much, it spoils the life we're living while it's actually happening.
  • MichouxeMichouxe Posts: 3,747 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I want to say to my younger self, "well done, don't give up" even if you find it difficult!
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 5,727 mod
    Michouxe said:

    I want to say to my younger self, "well done, don't give up" even if you find it difficult!

    That is good advice, and I would like to tell my younger self the same thing. There have been lots of times when I thought things were just too hard to carry on with, but I have survived through all of them!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,080 mod
    My advice is 'go for it ' even if it seems crazy as life should be an adventure.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 7,298 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Why to give advice to my younger self, it is the past and nobody can change the past. Life is for everyone an adventure in his own life and the advice what you hold, maybe isn't no longer relevant in today's time, because when I look at my younger self, there has so much changed....
    I think you must give advice to the younger one in the context of the moment.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 5,727 mod
    Paulette said:

    Why to give advice to my younger self, it is the past and nobody can change the past. Life is for everyone an adventure in his own life and the advice what you hold, maybe isn't no longer relevant in today's time, because when I look at my younger self, there has so much changed....
    I think you must give advice to the younger one in the context of the moment.

    This is so very true. I think I personally spend far too much time thinking about the past, when I should just be enjoying what is happening right now.. but it is very easy to look back.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,080 mod
    You're right @Paulette, there's not much anyone can advise to their younger self, since no one can go back in time. However older people can sometimes share useful advice that might help younger people.

    So when I say 'go for it', this is from experience of maybe not doing so as soon as I should have done. Not that I have any regrets, but when I was younger I was always a bit more cautious. As I have got older, I realise that this was actually very unnecessary.
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