An important part of the final piece was to incorporate the advice given by the elders to the young people. We also met with all the young people involved in the Oral History project and Howgill Girls Group to ask what their aspirations for the future.
The following are the quotes that were to be engraved onto each side of the final piece:
Follow your dreams for they are the hope of the future. It’s a lot of give and take. It goes too quickly, just get out there and enjoy it. Go somewhere where you can develop. Have a happy home life. Do what you want to do. Singing will make me happy. Don’t regret not doing something. Only one chance, that’s it. Don’t do anything illegal. A life better than us. Get out of the house, do sport. Health, happiness and love. Don’t waste your youth. Find yourself a hobby and do it. I want to entertain people and make them happy. Friends that you make when you are little or young, try and keep in touch with them. Easy things can make you happy. You’ve only got one life, don’t waste it. Try and get an interest in life. Try and get your friends to have an interest with you. Live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. Don’t just sit around. You’ve got to blend in, you can’t always have it your own way. If you are given the opportunity to try something then try it. Be the best you can be.
Love the life you live, live the life you love. You only have one chance at life so don’t do anything you are going to regret. Get going with whatever is out there. Be involved. Be the best you can be. Have innocent fun, music and laughter. Know your limitations. To be loved. Be proud of who you are. Enjoy life. Know what is right and be the better person. I want to help people learn. Be kind to other people. Achieve your goals. Life takes a bit of understanding. Don’t sit in front of a screen. Without the dark, the light won’t show. To have a happy life and have internal happiness. To succeed in life. To still care for animals. Grasp every opportunity to learn and always ask, why. A peaceful place. Think of yourself as better than that. I like dolphins and want to feel what they feel. Be happy. I want to save people’s lives. Follow your dreams and don’t be disappointed if you can’t because there is always an alternative. I want to help people so they don’t get upset. You get in out of the rain.