Wisdom of the Ages
What advice do you wish you had given your 25-year-old self? Relax.
What advice would you give your 80-year-old self? Don’t relax too much.
What do you know for sure? That all true wisdom is hidden in the written word.
What have you learned? Classical guitar and Morse code. So, I’m working on a thriller where the secret message is contained in a flurry of flamenco rasqueados for the dashes and castanet clicks for the dots. What will you never learn? To play bridge.
Best piece of advice? My sister once told me, “It’s not just you. Everyone is tired in the morning. I’m just as exhausted as you are. So get up and get dressed.”
Did it work? Eventually. I now start work at 4:30 a.m.
What inspires you? The sense of wonder in young people – and even more so in old people.
The moment that changed everything? Coming back from the dead.
Happiness is … the respect of our friends, family and colleagues and the love of an intelligent cat.