Tuesday, 4 October 2011

NaBloWriMo 4 (Advice to 15 year old self)

What advice would you give your fifteen-year-old self?

I'm not sure the fifteen year old me has gone very far, I've just got better at being her.  The following applied then and applies now.

  1. Get your hair cut and keep it sorted.  It will make you feel good.  The yak look favours nobody.
  2. You can make friends.  You are quite a nice person when you're not so paralysed with shyness that you come off as passive aggressive and snarky.
  3. Stop being so damned defensive all the time.  
  4. Apologising for being defensive is a hangable offense.
  5. Yes, you are allowed to feel depressed.  It's a disease, girl.  Take the drugs.  They're not a sign of weakness.  They are there to help and they do.
  6. Feel free to enjoy the things you really enjoy, regardless of the fact that admitting to them may make you feel even more of an outcast.  You could be wrong.  
  7. Even if you are right about 6,  you're still enjoying yourself.  Roll those dice, obsess over RPGs, do in depth research into hagiography and racehorse pedigrees and the NASA moon programmes.
  8. If clothes are not something that interest you, don't let anyone take you shopping.
  9. Chocolate is not evil.
  10. It is not the act of a wimpy idiot to be polite to people.  It is the basis of civilisation.
This list could probably be extended, but that will do for now.


  1. Number 6 is awesome. Very good advice for anyone of any age, I think.

    I'm really enjoying your blog, btw. It's making me all sentimental for my old D&D/RPG playing days.

    Hope you're enjoying NaBloWriMo.

  2. I am, very much. And thank you for the encouragement.

  3. Ah.... a fellow D&D fanatic? I played so much as a teen ... where did that all go?!

    Great advice - may have to print this one out!

  4. "Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing." - The Tower of the Elephant, Robert E Howard.

  5. Trust Howard to know all the answers.

    Just out of curiosity, how many RPG players (current or ex) are there in the NaBloWriMo circuit?

  6. You might have gathered that I am... :p