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5 Men, 5 Questions

Our next 5 questions post will be answered by 5 men, ranging from ages 28 to 74. Each with a different opinion and brilliant answers, what advice can they give us and how will their answers differ from year-to-year?

1. What's the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

Age 28: 'I think the most embarrassing/mortifying thing I've ever endured was facing up and admitting to my mum I'd used her credit card to gamble with when I was really struggling with the addiction. A horrible day!'

Age 30: 'I don't get embarrassed easily, but something that happened to me that was a little bit embarrassing was 2 years ago, when I was working in Corfu, my trousers had a hole in the back that I didn't notice and I was working like this...but it was also funny!'

Age 47: 'When I was 12 or so I was sledging down a steep hill on our estate, showing off to friends and neighbours, when I crashed into the back of a parked van, breaking my wrist in 2 places and looking very silly in front of many. I broke my sledge and I spent the next 6 weeks with a plastered wrist stuck indoors.'

Age 50: 'This is a hard one to answer as I don't remember many times I've been really embarrassed, but I do remember at school shouting at and running after someone I knew to the point where I tapped them on the shoulder and realised it was a complete stranger!'

Age 74: 'Split my trousers at work and had to wait while the girls in the typing pool sewed them up! Didn't know if I would get them back! I was only 17 and very shy!'

2. Who's your celebrity crush?

Age 28: 'Mabel - the pop artist.'

Age 30: 'Celebrity crush...maybe Margot Robbie.. I like her, not a crush.'

Age 47: 'That's an easy one...Eva Longoria.'

Age 50: 'Lisa Edelstein, better known as Dr Cuddy from House.'

Age 74: 'Nicole Kidman.'

3. What advice would you have for someone younger than you?

Age 28: 'Live how you want to, don't worry about what other people are saying or doing because it's your own happiness that's important. Think through decisions and try to do the right thing. Do what you can to contribute to the world being a better place.'

Age 30: 'Advice for a younger Greek, leave from Greece if he can. General advice, travel as much as you can when you are young and free.'

Age 47: 'Enjoy every moment of your life, pursue your dreams and take your health seriously as the years catch up on you before you know it.'

Age 50: 'Follow your heart and your dreams and look after yourself physically and emotionally. It's better to be happy and healthy than rich.'

Age 74: 'Try to enjoy each stage of your life, it goes so quickly you haven't got time not to. Always try to be positive rather than negative (glass always half full)!'

4. If you could pick anyone, dead or alive, to have dinner with, who would it be and why?

Age 28: 'This is a tough one, but I think it'd probably be my idol when I was growing up, England Rugby player Jonny Wilkinson. He's battled adverse mental health his whole career and has had load upon load of internal torment that he's overcome. I'd like to dive into a good conversation with him.'

Age 30: 'I would pick my father's dad because I never met him and my father has spoken well of him.'

Age 47: 'My grandma, she sadly died when I was very young, although I do remember her and would love to have the opportunity to meet her again and to find out more about her and her life.'

Age 50: 'Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Apart from being a keen red wine drinker, which ticks a big box for me for a dinner guest, I'd love to pick his brains on managing teams and in particular, man management. Sir Matt Busby would come a close second to him.'

Age 74: 'Peter Ustinov. He was a great raconteur and wit as well as being a wonderful actor. I feel I would learn a lot from him.'

5. How do you deal with feelings of sadness and what do you do to make yourself feel better?

Age 28: 'I always try and maintain perspective in life and a big part of that is knowing that whatever you're currently dealing with or going through, is temporary. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. You have to learn to understand that people can't do things alone and there's no shame in asking for help in a situation if you need it. This is part of the way of dealing with feelings of sadness and I believe one of the biggest tools we have as humans is communication. Talking and expressing yourself is a key way to unload and remove those feelings of sadness.'

Age 30: 'Hang out with close friends, music and gym and then you feel better.'

Age 47: 'I tend to go out for a walk, walking is great for gathering your thoughts, putting things into perspective, thinking of solutions and lifting your spirits.'

Age 50: 'I generally keep my emotions fairly in check at both ends of the spectrum as I find it easier to get through life avoiding highs and lows, but when I do have moments of sadness I try not to dwell on them, wipe them from my mind and move on.'

Age 74: 'I don't allow myself to dwell for too long on sadness, it's important to be positive and think ahead as much as possible. I keep my memories of those I've lost but always remember the good times we had together.'

By Pia Talbot

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