At 10: You’re not immortal, and crashing your bicycle hurts.
At 11: It’s okay to fail. The important thing is that you gave it a go. If you can, learn from the experience.
At 12: True friends will like you for who you are and not who they think you should be.
At 13: Even though it may seem like it now, school isn’t forever. How popular you are there bares no relationship to how popular you’ll be in the rest of your life. Your teachers don’t always know what they’re talking about, and just because they tell you you can’t do something (like becoming a writer), it doesn’t mean that it’s true.
At 14: No matter what you might think, your parents haven’t ruined your life just because they didn’t buy those shoes you really, really wanted.
At 15: Teenage girls might not like geeks now, but that changes when they grow up (at least for some of them, and they’re the ones you’ll want to hang out with anyway).
At 16: Just because you really like someone, it doesn’t mean you have to do everything they say.
At 17: Learning to play the guitar takes time, and you shouldn’t give up just because you can’t play like a rock god straight away.
At 18: It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get the grades you want. You can always try again, and do better next time.
At 19: It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do with your life yet. You’ve got plenty of time to work it out. In the meantime, enjoy being young (but not too much!).
At 20: Turning 21 really isn’t as bad as it seems. Honest!
At 21: Tattoos are life, not just for Christmas – So think very carefully before you get one.
At 22: You’re not immortal, and motorcycle accidents hurt an awful lot more than bicycle crashes
At 23: Life isn’t always fair, but you can’t let that stop you living it to your full potential.
At 25: No matter how it seems, nothing is forever. Enjoy the good times while you can, and remember that the bad times will eventually pass.
At 27: It’s okay to fail. You’re young enough to start again, and next time you can make sure you do things properly.
At 29: Turning 30 really isn’t as bad as it seems. Honest!
At 30: It’s okay if you still don’t know what you really want to do with your life. You’ll figure it out eventually.
At 32: If you don’t like your job, you can always change it. Remember, it’s never too late to start a new career.
At 34: It’s okay to fail. The important thing is not to let it put you off trying again.
At 35: You’re not immortal, and you really need to start looking after yourself.
At 37: You’re never to old to try something new.
At 38: Learning to play the guitar takes time, and you shouldn’t give up just because you can’t play like a rock god straight away (like you did the first time round).
At 39: Turning 40 really isn’t as bad as it seems. Honest!
At 40: See, I told you not to believe your teachers when they said you’d never become a writer.
From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in the UK. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more.