At any rate, I find I have a few things that I've learned over the years which occasionally I find is relevant to mention to someone else. These things may not apply to anyone but me, but perhaps they may give others a different perspective:
- Never say never. It is my belief that if you believe you know how you will feel in the future then you may as well end it now. To me, life is all about learning and new experiences - if you think you know how you'll feel in 5, 10, 20 or 40 years time then you have my deepest sympathy. Perhaps an example of this is 'turning out like your parents' - when you were teenage you really didn't believe you'd turn out like your parents or want to turn out like them, but more and more as you grow up you recognise things in yourself that you saw/see in your parents.
- Having a good perspective is all important. This allows you to centre yourself with your ethics and beliefs and help ensure that you treat others well and recognise when others are not treating you well, amongst other things.
- Moderation in all things, especially moderation itself. Sometimes it's nice (necessary even?) to indulge - after all, we're only human!