Now that the A level results are out, many students are about to leave home. There are many articles out there giving advice on what to do when arriving at college for the first time.
I'm sharing this because a friend recently asked me this: what I would do if I could go back in time and speak to myself when I was 18? What one piece of advice would I give myself?
It was a good question, and I thought about it for some time. This what I came up with, and I'm convinced it's the best guidance a young adult could have.
Here it is.
Learn to drink your tea and coffee black.
I stopped adding milk to my drinks after an illness when I was 25. Since then my life has been so much easier. No more running out to buy milk in the evening, no more coming back from holiday to find there's nothing to put in the coffee. No more having to get involved with the milk kitty at work (honestly, we order hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of IT equipment on a regular basis and yet still never have enough money in the tin to buy a carton of long life).
And just think of all the time saved when making a hot drink. All those trips to the fridge add up.
If only I'd know that when I was 18. I'd never have got into stupid arguments about who was using whose milk in the communal fridge.
Oh yes, and don't forget this:
Drinking black coffee is cool.