S is for... Suggestions
S is for... Suggestions
I’ve been writing ‘S is for Something’ for a few days now. Some of those that know me have started to make some suggestions about what 'S' I should write about next.
So firstly, if you want me to write about a particular ‘S', then email me your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject of ‘S is for Suggestion’. Alternatively, inbox the 'S is for Something' Facebook page or Tweet me via @sisforsomething using the hashtag #sisforsuggestion.
Let me know your name, where you are from and your suggestion. Naturally, I won’t be able to do all of them - there will be thousands obviously(Probably from two particular muppets that I know - love you guys!). So make it a good one. If you want me to write on a topic for a particular reason then let me know that back story as well.
When I write about your suggestion I’ll only ever use your first name, where you are from and the basics about your story, if there is one. If you are worried about me giving too much away, then just lie. After all, you’ll know it’s your suggestion based on the info you send me.
Suggestions are a massive part of life. One that I distinctly remember being made to me from growing up was - Chris don’t take a year out after your A-Levels, go straight to Uni because you will probably doss about if you take a gap year and then never go to Uni.
Turns out I spent a fair amount of my time at Uni dossing. So on reflection, I probably should have taken a year out; because I was going to doss about anyway. I had deserved it. I was way overdue some dossing about time.
Whether it looked like it or not, I actually worked really hard at school. Hence why I probably started to take my foot off the gas a at university. At school, I got what I think are respectable grades. I got into a Uni that I wanted to get into, on to a course that I wanted to study, and got my degree. Outside of school I worked pretty hard too. Whether what I was doing was actually channelled well or not, pfffft who knows. But I worked hard.
After a while suggestions can get a bit irritating. Like, I know what I like and I know why I like it. I know what I’d do and I know why I’d do it. If I want your advice, I’ll ask for it. I anticipate you feeling the same way towards me. There’s one person who I expect to have to make suggests to, because they don’t necessarily know about better yet, and that’s my son.
If you can come up with your own suggestions. Back them up. See them through. Learn from the results of them to do it better next time, then that’s pretty much all there is to it.
That said, my suggestion is learn from history. There’s plenty of other peoples suggestions and consequences of following or not following them that you can learn from. You don’t have to make the same mistakes they did.
The biggest problem, who is making the suggestion and where are they making it? Is it a family member, a friend, a so-called friend, a medical professional, a teacher, a colleague, a boss, a customer. Is it at work, at home, at the hospital, in general public? Ultimately, what you choose to do next is your decision. So own it.
Who doesn’t love a good quote?
“I want to give the audience the hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won’t contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That’s what gives the theatre meaning: when it becomes a social act.” Orson Welles
Songs to listen to now:
Hate to say I told you so - The Hives
Listen to me - Buddy Holly
We Should Be Friends - Miranda Lambert
Should I Stay Or Should I Go? - The Clash
Single Ladies - Beyonce
Chasing Pavements - Adele
Opinion Overload - Simple Plan
Opinion - Nirvana