In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take It From Me.”

There’s so much advice I give to others but never take myself, the best advice is probably the classic ‘who cares what anyone else thinks’. I honestly tell people all the time that if they want to do/say something then they should just do it – the people who get unnecessarily upset or angry just because you decided to express yourself probably aren’t worth your time anyway.Never be afraid to express yourself, and do it loudly; don’t let what everyone else thinks/does/says to overpower your own views, So, put on a show and dance like the world IS watching – you might step on some toes, but some of those toes will belong to like-minded people!

Some other advice I give out but don’t always take myself:

  • Don’t lie to a doctor
  • Don’t drink too much/pose with booze
  • Never cancel dinner plans by text
  • Don’t play dumb
  • Tell the person you like how you feel
  • Make your point then stop talking
  • Don’t leave the house without brushing your hair

But there is also some advice which I give and live by:

  • Always say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ – especially to bus drivers, waiters and shop assistants
  • Don’t litter
  • You’re never too old to need your mum and dad
  • Listen to your friends – they’re not trying to hurt you
  • Don’t be friends with people who make you feel bad about yourself (especially if it’s over the way you look or intelligence)
  • Don’t owe friends money
  • If you tried your hardest then you should always be proud, no matter the end result (unless the end result is burnt toast, because that’s a waste of bread and nothing to be proud of)
  • Always offer people your sweets/chocolate if there is enough for everyone
  • Don’t keep talking when someone’s crying, there’s very little you can say to make them stop, just be there with tissues
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