A word of caution.

It seems to be somewhat of a trend here on WordPress to write about the past year, the way one of my favourite fellow bloggers did, regarding the lessons you learned and the things you experienced. Though in most cases when I attempt to keep myself up to date with trends, I fail miserably, I figured I’d give this one a shot. 

Tips for future me to remember

  • Yes, kittens are just as cute as you remember them to be. They are also vicious, selfish, loud, destructive and never asleep when you want them to be. And though they might be warm, fuzzy, soft, with adorable eyes and purrs and smell like summer-rain and honey a lot of the time, they can also be a tornado of claws smelling like litter-box and bad fish-breath
    Friend or foe?

    .

  • Attempting to recall, in detail, the worst nightmare you ever had, especially when alone in your home at 4 in the morning, is an absolutely horrible idea. Yes, you may be on the phone with a person who makes you feel reasonably safe and there may or may not be a katana standing next to your bed, but it doesn’t mean the panicky mess that is your brain and racing heart will listen to the voice of reason. So just don’t do that again.
  • Remember how you dyed your hair red, then dark brown, then something that was almost blonde, then dark-brown, then more red, then black and then how you tried for ages to get back to normal again? Look away from the Hazel Gold 601 missus. You are not dyeing your hair again!
  • Apparently, you can get more muscles and stamina from working out in your own home than you did when you went to the gym all the time. But without the high expense and the public humiliation. So just keep at that, it’s not so bad.
  • If you get the chance, invent a time-machine, go back to August of 2009 and stop the idiot on the back-porch from lighting that first cigarette. She doesn’t realise the gravity of her actions. Please inform her of how that puff will lead to many nights of freezing in the snow just so she can kill herself a bit more, and even more moments and guiltily moving as far away as possible from her non-smoking friends so she won’t blow second hand smoke in their faces. It’s not going to be worth it. Also, slap her for me.
  • The more you worry about your grades and doing well in them, the better you’ll do. It’s when you relax and get over-confident that you’re screwed. Also, keep double-checking with teachers when it comes to assignments and what they require of you. They’re bad at telling you that.
  • It is possible to miss people every single day. Now go get really rich so you can fly all over the world and see the people you love on a regular basis instead of sitting here missing them.
  • The end of the world will come and go many times, but the only thing that constitutes the end of the world is your own, personal end of the world. (Even if we all die, the world is pretty damn likely to go on. I don’t think it’s a big fan of us and won’t mourn our loss a whole lot, anyway.) My end of the world is the same day that books are no longer read or used. If you find me with one of those internet-book-pads in my hand, that is probably a sign of our upcoming demise.
  • Allie Brosh probably won’t write another blog-post in a long while. Don’t cry yourself to sleep over it, but rather treasure the rare times that she does.
  • Your friends are still the best part of your life and they will probably always be. So just take good care of them, and get better at keeping in touch. It’s not that f-ing hard.
  • Watching countless episodes of “House”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “The Office”, “Glee”, “Sex and the City” and “Black Books” does not count as being productive. Not even if you’re knitting while you’re watching them.
  • The blogging world is ridiculously exciting. Once you click a new post or check out a new writer, there’s no telling where you’ll end up. Be careful, be safe, but keep exploring.
  • Remember that dream you had where you had a bunch of cavities in your teeth? Go get a dental check-up.
  • You’ll turn out ok. At least if you keep thinking that you don’t have to worry so much about it.
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3 thoughts on “A word of caution.

  1. A fairly comprehensive list there.

    1. Kittens are pretty great, but they grown into cats eventually, and the smell only gets worse.
    2. Yes… stupid thing to do. The person you called probably didn’t sleep so comfortably that night either. Don’t do it again.
    3. I probably have some of that velvet black dye left that I used on Artemis’s Cloak. Want some?
    4. You wouldn’t want to exercise in your own home if your flatmate littered the room with screws and circuit boards which he never picks up.
    5. Yes! Yes! Slap her!! I happen to know a time-traveller, but he’s not very good at it yet.
    6. Why the hell would you ever worry about your grades?
    7. Perhaps you can get some of those people to come to you.
    8. I predict the end of the world will happen on February 2nd 2012… so you don’t have long.
    9. Allie Brosh is a genius! I have checked her blog regularly since you first recommended her… Thank you.
    10. All my friends live in my house.
    11. Watching Black Books is always productive. It exercises the mind.
    12. Agreed.
    13. I’m having one on the 17th.
    14. Optimistic Prime agrees.

    Sorry that was very long, but it’s 4am… you know what that does to a person’s mind.

    Thanks for the mention.

  2. I saw this and couldn’t help but laugh: “The end of the world will come and go many times, but the only thing that constitutes the end of the world is your own, personal end of the world. (Even if we all die, the world is pretty damn likely to go on. I don’t think it’s a big fan of us and won’t mourn our loss a whole lot, anyway.) My end of the world is the same day that books are no longer read or used. If you find me with one of those internet-book-pads in my hand, that is probably a sign of our upcoming demise”

    Welcome to reality, where we actually read physical books instead of simulated books on fragile, battery-powered electronic devices. When (and if!) those things take over, my ship is going down, too. And the captain’s going down with it. I’m content to live under the sea with a collection of soaked, rotting books, instead of carrying around a fashionable “eBook” that plays music and browses the internet and answers the phone and lets me browse Facebook while I read and…wait, that isn’t a book at all. It’s called a blender, and when you use one too often, you’re putting your brain inside and turning it on “Puree” until you can’t think outside of the technology anymore.

    1. The ridiculous thing to me is, once upon a time, a phone was a phone, a type-writer a type-writer, a record-player a record-player… and with technology, the phone is taking over the role of the computer and now we’re supposed to be able to do everything with the one thing, making us horribly reliant on this one thing and horribly ignorant as to all others. Yes it’s convenient to be able to do everything at once but it also makes us more and more shielded from the world and reality, until we just live with our eyes stuck to that screen. Social gatherings have turned into “+ 1”, the 1 being your smarthphone, and what would once have been considered horribly rude and antisocial – doing stuff on your smartphone the whole time you’re talking to someone else – is now normal and accepted. I am guilty of owning one of these devices, but as with all other things for me, the initial fascination fades, and real people in the real world will always hold top priority in my life.

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