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20 Things I Wish I knew at 20

Updated: May 16, 2020


I am in the Middle of a long journey and trying to get a book published and available as the Corona Virus digs even deeper into our psyche and seems to be leaving nothing untouched. I am minded to say that :

This Too Shall Pass

The Sun Will Rise Again

The Winter Seasons Will Live Once More

For Another Or So 20 Billion Years

And Still The Remnants Past Will Anew Once Again

And Dance with The Future

As we Go Once More into the Halls Of Strings And Super Strings To Beyond


My conversations with old age and wisdom.

Be in harmony with your god—

Be it nature or Jehovah—

Whatever you decide it to be,

And remember:

In the confusion of pursuing your dreams,

Be at peace with yourself,

For with all its politics,


And broken dreams,

It is still a beautiful world.

Stay Focused.

Copyright Roy Merchant

About the Author

Roy Merchant was born in Jamaica. He left there in 1961 to join his parents in England. He enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1965 and became a submariner, spending most of his submarine years in Singapore, Hong Kong and other parts of the Far East.

He left the Navy and retrained as an Electronics Engineer, then Technical Manager in a large television rental company in the 1970s.

He moved into local government in the mid-’80s as a senior manager in a London local authority. He retired in 2014 and started a Health and Wellbeing company catering mainly for the African Caribbean community while dedicating more time to writing and performance poetry across London.

The "20 Things I Wish I Knew At 20" book will be available in the next few months. So please be patient as the pages become alive with what we are about to achieve.

More to come.

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