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What Advice Would Over 65’s Give Their Teenage Self?

By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 15:42, 07 November 2019

After surveying 500 UK based members of the public, aged 65 or over, A Loving Tribute can reveal the results of the best words of wisdom they would give their 18-year-old self.

The most common occurrence within answers was looking after your mental health and wellbeing. The most frequent phrases used consisted of:

  • Be true to yourself

  • Believe in yourself

  • Enjoy life

  • Be confident

  • Be patient

Advice revolving around careers and education was the next most popular answer, there was little focus on exact vocations but instead a spotlight in striving harder:

  • Work hard

  • Study harder

  • Get a job

  • Go to university

  • Focus

Previous relationship experience appears to have had a largely negative impact on the over 65’s, the most used phrase within responses is ‘Don’t get married’ with similar notions of ‘Do not get married at 18’, ‘Stay Single’ and ‘Don’t get married, you’re too young’.

A large portion of respondents wished to voice the need to look after their health throughout their prime, ‘Don’t smoke’ and ‘Don’t drink’ were common themes throughout.

Finances were the least of over 65’s worry, with fewer than 30 offering financial advice. Those who did stress the importance of savings and obtaining a good pension.

Surprisingly, a few respondents believed their teenage political choices were their biggest regret, their previous choice of vote showed to be big anguish. Some simply stated ‘Don’t vote’ while others were more specific with their choice.

However, the most repeating phase was ‘nothing’ these over 65’s believe they do not wish to change anything of their youth.



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