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People are sharing the words of wisdom they wish they could have told their 18-year-old selves

‘Buy shares in a company called Google.’

WHEN SINÉAD BURKE asks you to do something, you do it.

So when the Irish activist, whose recent TED Talk on accessibility and design for little people was met with considerable acclaim, asked her Twitter followers to reflect on their 18-year-old selves, they did it.

And when she requested they share the piece of advice they might offer their younger selves if they could, Twitter started getting all introspective.

We know; the words of wisdom are likely endless if you were as clueless and bull-headed as we were in our late teens, but to be fair, Twitter kept it short, sharp and succinct.

Sinéad explained that she will be returning to her old school this week, and was in need of a little inspiration.

Going back to my old school tomorrow to give the first ever keynote speech at the 6th year graduation. Currently surrounded by scraps of paper while my stomach is in knots.

So, Twitter got stuck in and the results are pretty uplifting.

From sage fashion advice to heartfelt words of wisdom, we ain’t never done learnin’.

Here are just some of our favourites.

1. Don’t ignore the Google gods.

2. Ask all the questions.

3. Start adding to your ‘I’ll never own a home’ fund now.

4. Chill when it comes to the LC.

5. Keep those mortifying diaries.

6. Don’t be THAT drinker.

7. You can over-pluck, but you can’t over-floss.

8. Your mam won’t be around forever.

9. You deserve more than a fat emo.

10. It’s all a work in progress.

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