Back To The Feature: It was only a matter of time before I would have a crack! For those who are not aware I am 29 (30 in December) so it is the perfect time for me to look at the last 12 years. My blog is www.fatherleemoments.com (if you are reading this you’ve found it!)
Letter to my 18 year old self
I am writing to you from 12 years in the future, sounds like a long time but let me assure you, it will go quickly!
Life is good and you have the most amazing family: A wife and 2 boys (2 and 14 weeks) I shan’t tell you their names as this forms the basis of a lot of your early conversations with Ashley! Oh and you meet her over the internet on a thing called ‘Facebook’ (don’t worry it’ll make sense and just go with it!)
As I said life is good but there will been some rough times along the way. Please do not take anyone for granted. the saying ‘you don’t know what you have till its gone’ is 100% true. Let your interest for family history and knowledge be the subject of conversation with your Nan. Learn as much of you can from your Dad and Uncle Eddie, neither will be around for ever and when they have gone you will realize how much of an influence on you they were.
I know you have elaborate plans to train as a paramedic and move to Australia. Whilst it is important to have goals and aspirations, be flexible. Having one plan and being stuborn about not needing 4 a levels to get into uni is not a great idea. Keep your options open. Your attitude that you know everything will loose you friends, so drop it!
You are still a Scout Leader and have had some great times, a lot of opportunities for international travel will present themselves: Canada, Sweden, Uganda, Ireland – take them as you may not have the opportunity later on. It may end up being one of your few regrets.
If you take anything from this letter (which you won’t as you are stubborn and arogant! You will learn) then take theese numbers 15, 19, 24, 36, 37, 49 B- 35 and play the lottery on your birthday (24th December 2004) you will be looking at winning £15,000,000 which should set us up well for the rest of our life!
Martin Lee (29)