October's Monday Wisdom comes from a lady I met in Singapore.
She had a stall in Little India, selling clothes and ornaments, and I was trying to decide between two pashminas: a black one and a silvery blue one. I tried on both in front of the mirror and was still unable to make up my mind, when I noticed her frowning at me.
I turned to her: 'Which one do you think?' (One of the unintended side-effects of travelling alone: you get used to asking strangers' opinions about purchases - at least, you do if you're as undecided as I am!)
'That one,' she said immediately, pointing at the blue, 'Black is for old people. Wear bright colours when you're young.'
It stuck with me, that advice. Yes, I did go for the blue scarf, and I still think of that whenever I'm buying clothes today. But I also think it was about more than just the colour of clothing. I think it says something about attitude. I think it says: go out and experience the world while you can.