“If I knew then what I know now” is a regular column in The Big Issue magazine, in which celebrities tell us what they would tell their younger selves if they had a chance. It is, of course, impossible, that’s why I enjoy reading it.
What would I say — or rather, write in a column like this? “I’d tell my younger self not to waste time in academy.” Knowing that there is absolutely no way to talk to my younger self: do I actually mean it? If I did not waste time in academy, I wouldn’t become what I am. So I would spend some time elsewhere, like in the army or medicine. Suppose I survive the army; I’d tell my younger self then not to waste time in army. Or medicine.
And would my younger self listen?