As the one year anniversary of my return to London rolls around and having recently turned 35, here is some stuff I learned about life:-
1. Enter races that you haven’t trained enough for, run with people that are faster than you and embark on adventures that put you outside your comfort zone. You will have fun and unless your legs fall off there is no good reason why you shouldn’t. Stop worrying and get out there and do stuff while you’re still young and have all your teeth.
2. Don’t do anything for money or fame or critical acclaim. Do it all for yourself in 50 years’ time, so you’ll have cool stories to tell your grandchildren when you look back at your fabled life.
3. Be brave and take risks. If you fall madly love with a tall dark handsome stranger and he asks you to move to the wilderness with him, do it. It might suck immeasurably, but it will be worth it. You will come home stronger.
4. Take this strength and apply it to positive things, like cycling to France, or building flat-packed furniture, or loving yourself, or running naked through the zoo.
5. Tell your friends and family you love them, frequently and with sincerity, in case you get hit by a car tomorrow.
6. If your boyfriend takes his phone to the toilet with him, he’s probably cheating on you. Or he has IBS.
7. If a friend or a loved one puts your down, criticises you, belittles you or tries to change you, be sympathetic and kind to them. They are probably miserable. Then block their phone number and walk away.
8. Approach eating, running, climbing, singing, dancing, love and sex with enthusiasm and you will never fail.
9. Wear your hair grips with the wriggly side up so your hair won’t get bent.
10. Never give up, but don’t be afraid to let go.