In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Well, I Never….”

‘Tell us about something you’ve done that you would advise a friend never to do.’

I’ve done plenty of things that I would advise a friend not to do, but then at the same time I would tell them to do it just so you have the experience of doing: getting blind drunk (it helps you get to know your limit, and the hangover might help turn you off drinking forever) jumping from the 4th step (it puts an end to your belief that you’re superman) and green eyeliner (you learn that coloured eyeliner only looks in magazine shoots and the 80s).

Things I never do:

  • Tell someone an outfit or hairstyle looks bad – unless they’re trying on the outfit in a shop or explaining what hairstyle they’re considering. If someone is wearing an outfit they own it’s because THEY like it, so it doesn’t matter what you think, and if it’s a hairstyle that you don’t like, again, your opinion doesn’t really matter, and they might not even like the final hairstyle themselves, but that doesn’t mean you get to point it out.
  • And in general don’t make someone feel bad about themselves: they have bad skin? Yeah, they know already, don’t need to point it out. Dark roots showing? Wow, hair grows, maybe they’re too busy right now to do it.
  • Go swimming in my clothes – by this I mean your everyday clothes, going swimming or into the sea in jeans is not a good idea, peeling off wet jeans is not fun. Invest in some swimming gear!

Things I always do:

  • Always say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ – especially to bus drivers, waiters and shop assistants.
  • You’re never too old to need your mum and dad.
  • 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, but don’t if a few are going to be left out.
  • Don’t keep talking when someone’s crying, there’s very little you can say to make them stop, just be there with tissues and a sympathetic nod.
  • Scan your computer for viruses
  • Backup your files and photos at least every 3 months or after anything important

For more advice I give/forget to take/actually take a look at my post on another daily prompt ‘Dance Like The World Is Watching‘.