Author:  Nicole Reynolds, National Business Partner– PATH4 Logistics

School reunion concept. If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would you say? Is this the same advice you would give to your children?

I recently attended my 25 year school reunion where we had a huge turnout of over 120 people. We were fortunate to have a great year with great people and they are no different today. The one thing that stood out for me (other than the extra wrinkles and grey hair!) was the general attitude about what people would or would not change over the last 25 years, along with what advice they were giving their children when it came to education versus travel abroad.

What I noticed was: the people that went straight from year 12 into their tertiary studies were more inclined to suggest to their children to travel and take a gap year and complete studies later. Other people (including me) who travelled abroad (not even thinking of further study) were telling their children to finish year 12 and go straight to university and get it all done.


It got me thinking… why is it that we advise our children to do the opposite of what we have done? Do we think we have done the wrong thing? Is there something that we feel we have missed out on?

Knowing what I know now, if I were to give my 15 year old self advice… I wouldn’t change a thing! To change the course of direction in my life whether it be personal or business related would mean I may not be where I am today. I am extremely happy to be where I am today and the choices I have made in my life have put me here.

So when my 11 year old son says to me every day (trust me EVERY DAY), ‘I am going to become a pro-surfer and travel the world’ …what am I going to say? GO FOR IT!!!

Advice I will (and do) give my children:

  • Believe in yourself
  • Stay true to your values
  • Don’t give up
  • Practice practice practice
  • Everyone is different – be nice to everyone
  • Don’t try to be all things to all people

Have fun!