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j4 From: j4 Date: October 1st, 2004 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Aye, I know what you were saying, I was just getting sidetracked into tech-nostalgia. 8-)

Back to the Future is a good example, though. Scary thought.

Gives me a great idea, though -- I'm going to convert my 1992 Renault 5 into a time-machine (well, it already is in a way; it only contains tapes of music which would have been available in 1992) and go back and see my undergraduate self. Not sure what I'd tell her... "Don't be so bloody stupid", probably. Or perhaps just "Down, not across."
andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 1st, 2004 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I doubt I'd be able to help my undergraduate self, in the sense that people actually did tell me the things I'd tell myself, and I believed them, but didn't act on them quite enough.

Perhaps I'd tell myself to write more stuff down, or even just to read back the stuff I did write down.  I had a sort-out a few weeks back, and some of my ideas were actually dead on, if I'd only remembered them ....

For what it's worth, I think the scariest thing about being older is that there are now people aged twenty or so whom I legitimately fancy, they being unequivocal adults, but whom I could, nevertheless, have known when they were babies (and thought "ahh, how sweet").

Additional scary thought:  I don't think I was as together aged eighteen as some of the freshers here.  I don't think I'm as together now as some of the freshers here.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: October 1st, 2004 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but you would have the advantage of being able to say to your undergraduate self "Look, I'm you, and I know that we will end up in a crappy situation/shit job/less-than-optimum way if you don't do something about <foo>". I think I'd trust my future self to tell me the truth about that kind of thing, and be more inclined to do something about it. :)
andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 1st, 2004 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
But I trusted the people who gave me the advice in the first place, and thought it was good advice.

In fact, what I lacked was not so much the knowledge about what was the best plan as the strength of will, or possibly the confidence or energy, to carry it out.

Now, if I could travel back in time and take a girlfriend for my former self, I'd be laughing.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: October 1st, 2004 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, trusting and believing someone else is one thing, but I would think specific warnings of explicit doom from my future self would give me the required KUTA to actually take heed. I can think of at least four examples where I could give my younger self a very explicit warning not to do something, or to do something else, because of the known-to-my-older-self repercussions. I imagine I'd act on those, although I might ignore ones of lesser seriousness.
andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 1st, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
My problem has never been lack of information.  In this case, it's lack of confidence, and I myself -- even my future self -- would be the very last person I'd trust.
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