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25 x the best advice I ever received

You know how people like to throw advice in your face, whether you’ve asked for it or not, and how most of the time you nod and forget what they said? That’s often the case with me anyway. I’m stubborn and I don’t like to take other people’s advice. But sometimes something sticks and someone gets in a little. Here are 25 things people have told me that I’ve always remembered (although I don’t always remember who said it).

  1. It just has to ‘fit’ – my mother, on relationships
  2. At least you feel alive – a mechanic when my car broke down suddenly
  3. Always do the things that scare you – unknown
  4. I’d rather jump in a pool than take a picture of it – unknown
  5. Drinking wine is fine, as long as you drink the equal amount of water – a friend
  6. Never fish for compliments – my father
  7. Never do it for the money. You will never be successful that way – my boyfriend
  8. The most beautiful thing a woman can be is confident – unknown
  9. Keep going – unknown
  10. Why the f*ck would you ever do anything you don’t enjoy – unknown
  11. If you didn’t gain it in a day, give yourself some time to lose it – a former colleague, about losing weight
  12. Your body is like a coat you wear here on earth and when you die, all you do is hang up your coat – my mother, right after my father died
  13. You should never feel like you will die if (s)he leaves you – a psychologist
  14. There is something attractive in the things you fear. You never fear the things you don’t care about – my therapist
  15. The more you do it, the better you get – my colleague, on teaching lectures
  16. Always be yourself and believe in yourself – a friend
  17. Do the things you want to do, not the things people expect of you – my boyfriend
  18. Never give a shit about anything – also my boyfriend
  19. Do what you want, but don’t hurt anyone – unknown
  20. If it doesn’t happen, it just wasn’t meant to be. Something better will come along – a friend
  21. Don’t forget about what you want most for what you want right now – my sister
  22. Never drink because you feel like you need to – a friend
  23. Always remember that your choices aren’t permanent. It’s okay to change your mind – unknown
  24. Lots of things that are healthy or good for you are also usually quite boring – unknown
  25. Do what you love is not always the best advice. Sometimes you just have to do stuff you hate to get somewhere great – me, because I’m awesome! And I really believe this.

So here it is: 25 x the best advice I was ever given. What is the best advice you ever got? Let me know in the comments!


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    Travelling pixie
    March 6, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    My favourite piece of wisdom is from my dad – “nothing is permanent”. I interpret it as – if you are having the worlds worst day, it shall pass and you start again tomorrow. If you are having the most glorious day, surrounded by love, then cherish every second and bank those moments because special moments are worth holding on to. They too pass.

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      March 7, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Thank you so much for this! I agree completely – when you’re going through a hard time you think it will last forever. But it always passes. The same is true for the good times 🙂 X

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