Richard Glover's column in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald was entitled, "It's what I know now...and wish I'd known then", and is advice on life to his 18 year old son - tips that are by turns practical, wry, thrifty, funny, sincere and apt.
Here's an extract:
People who spend excessive time on their own appearance are almost never as interesting, or as attractive, as they think.
You are what you eat but also what you read and watch and hear. Don't feed your brain with rubbish, at least not all the time.
Don't be negative. Whingeing is for people who want to blame others for their troubles, because it's easier than finding their own way forward. If a friend makes a habit of bad-mouthing other people, take a moment to wonder what they say about you. Spend your mental energy on people who think you are terrific, not people who dislike you.
I'm not sure yet how I'll use it at school, but I've stored a copy (since the SMH often takes online material down after a fortnight) and kept the paper copy so I will have it to hand. Maybe with study skills, maybe Crossroads (sex, drugs, personal safety etc for Year 11 students). It's got all sorts of potential. Definitely worth reading.