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Advice From Our Five Year Old Selves

Remember being five? Remember how wise everyone over the age of seven seemed to be? Then remember growing up and coming to the sad realisation that most people were in fact not that smart, they were just winging it too. Crafty devils. We could all learn a thing or two about life from our five year old selves. Thanks for the advice little us.

1) Use Your Imagination.

Using your imagination to the wildest degree was seriously encouraged as a five year old. No thought was too mad, no game too ridiculous, no painting too abstract. Over time we let our imaginative side slip a little, but lets face it, living in a dream world is far more fun than reality. Imagine that.

2) Only Pay Attention To The Important Things.

Children only pay attention to the things that matter to them. If a child isn't interested in a subject, they'll switch off and shut down. As adults this could be an invaluable skill, that limits us to spending precious time on the things that really matter. Like watching crappy television and listening to juicy gossip.

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3) It's The Simple Things.

Things were so much more simple when we were around a meter tall. You had so few worries, you'd happily spend eight glorious hours playing in muck, only to be lured inside by the promise of food. No phones, no social networking, no shopping, no problems.

4) Every Day Is Fresh Start.

Children don't hold on to the past like adults do. They let things go and see every day as a new adventure. If only we could still do so as easily, the world would be a much more peaceful, hate free, forgetful place.

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5) Make Friends Or Enemies Only.

How many times did you make up and break up with friends in your younger years? A lot, is my bet. We were either best friends or sworn enemies, there was no in-between, not like now, where, even if we'd love nothing more than to kick the lard out of someone, we just smile and fake niceties. Oh to be five...

6) Hug It Out.

Five year old's show love through hugs. We show love through insulting one another. Hugs are better. Lets all hug more.

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7) Ready, Steady, Run.

Run, run, as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm five and you're old. Oh to have the energy of a five year old all over again. I think I misused it at the time. Children are naturally so very active and if they'd like to lend us a little of their energy and fitspiration, we'd really appreciate it.

8) Laugh A Lot.

What child doesn't laugh a lot? Perhaps it's best not to think about that one for too long, that's a little too depressing. Happy children laugh on an hourly basis. So if you too are a miserable adult, then channel your inner five year old and laugh your little heart out.

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9) Be More Enthusiastic.

Nowadays, it's difficult to get excited over anything that isn't a Bank Holiday spent in bed, interrupted only by pizza. Way back when however, we'd be turned into a whirlwind of excitement by a new pair of shoelaces.

10) Know No Fear.

As five year old's, our parents' fears about us being kidnapped by the lollipop man, hadn't yet infiltrated our tiny brains and therefore, we were fairly fearless. If we do say so ourselves. Now, after too many years of watching the news and the traumas that befall the cast members of Coronation Street, we're literally scared shitless of our own shadows.

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11) Injuries Made You Cool.

Remember falling (at least once a week) in school? Remember the feeling of being super cool as you hobbled around, Disney plaster holding your battered leg together? Remember how everyone looked at you and asked what happened? Remember feeling cool with another battle scar to display? Now, remember that the next time you fall over in the nightclub and can't get back up. You are cool.

12) Lies Will Catch Up On You.

"Did you open the box of biscuits?" *Looks down at the ground.* "No." Caught out much? Now, think back to the last little white lie that you told. If you're anything like me, it's likely to have been to your mother about how many pints you had last night. If only we were less capable of lying, like back in the day, we'd run into far fewer problems at a later date.

13) Honesty Is The Only Policy.

So you hate cheese, Séan in first class, the colour pink, girls and brown bread? Shout it out, no holding back now, get it all out of your system, because in a few short years you'll have to be mannerly and polite and lie about your most hated and it'll be shit. Honesty is underrated anyway.

Alison Keogh
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Alison decided to follow a sensible career route and chose to study Media. She happens to think of herself as a kind of Irish Beyonce after four Coronas, which usually results in her being deserted on the dance-floor by her loving friends. Her horrifically short attention span seeps into many aspects of her life, resulting in her half hearing important facts and hating people who walk at a leisurely pace.

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