I’ve been around for a few years. And in that time I’ve learned a number of lessons in life.

Okay, at first it was simple things like how to walk. And to tell my parents when I needed the potty, rather than just go wherever I happened to be at the time.

Then I learned how to tie my laces, read and write – sort of.

But the really big lessons, the ones that are important to surviving in life, I learned much later. And I would like to share some of those rules with you.

First, a piece of advice from my father: Never be a smarty-pants to a man who is wearing a peaked cap.

Sure, it can be tempting sometimes, but it’s Rule Number One for a reason.

Then there is Rule Number Two: Never be cheeky to a waiter. At least, not before your food arrives.

These two rules will keep you out of prison and hospital.

But there are rules for ensuring a great quality of life, too. For example: Never pass up the opportunity to indulge in some serious mucking around.

And don’t take things too seriously. 100 years from now we’ll all be dust, so bunking off work for a day to go for a paddle in the sea and a picnic in the dunes will have zero impact in the great scheme of thing. But you will create a sunshine memory that you’ll remember with joy for the rest of your life.

Remember: Nobody on their death bed ever wished that they’d spent more time at the office.

You should let that little child inside you off the leash at least once a day – even if it’s only when nobody is looking. It keeps the kid alive.

And the big GOLDEN rule? Always answer “Yes”, THEN find out what the question was. This approach has led me to meet fascinating people, and dropped me into exciting situations. It has brought more opportunities and experiences than I could ever have hoped for or imagined.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off for a paddle and a picnic.

Drew McAdam


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