My unsolicited advice – read at your own risk

To pregnant women: Take the epidural. Ask for it early. It’s called labour for a reason.

To Wellingtonians: Leave while you still can. No city in the world is worth the disaster that awaits yours.

To parents of babies: Comfort your crying baby. You’d want nothing less for yourself as an adult. If they don’t stop crying, you are not a bad parent. But don’t leave them to cry or ignore them. Babies have no need for material things. They just want love, comfort and security. Is that really so hard?

To everyone: Exercise. Everyday. Your body needs it. Your brain needs it.

To everyone: Don’t drink too much. It’s really not good for you. If you’re motivated by health, then read: booze causes cancer. If you’re motivated by vanity then read: booze causes wrinkles.

To everyone: Be kind to animals and children. Anything short of this makes you a bully.

To everyone: The single most important thing in life is the relationships you have with the people around you. Nurture those relationships. Talk to the people you love. Spend time with them.

To everyone: Ignore all unsolicited advice.