So I’ve never really spoken much about my Grandad before – which is bizarre because he’s basically my favourite person on the planet! (Sorry to everyone that this statement offends, I love you all equally ofc).
He’s taught me a lot in my 26 years, but more so as I’ve gotten older; he’s lived such a full and colourful life, and has such a beautiful outlook that I feel like it’d be a shame not to share some of his wisdom with you.
To begin with, let me tell you a little bit about the man himself…
- He’s a plumber by trade, so uber handy when the taps decide to bugger up.
- He wears bandanas when it’s hot and reminds me of a biker dude.
- He says ‘fu*k’ about 120 times a day. Like if he had a swear jar, the man would be a millionaire.
- He’s inexplicably kind hearted and would do anything for anyone, but that doesn’t mean he takes any sh*t.
- He’s got wicked music taste – like me, he likes a bit of everything, but his absolute fave is Jethro Tull; if you know who he is/like his tunes, he’ll legit love you forever.
- He’s always laughing – he doesn’t take life too seriously and it’s infectious AF. This actually brings me to the first ‘life lesson’ from my Grandad.
- Keep smiling – don’t take life too seriously: My Grandad is always laughing. Ok, so he’s human, ofc there are days when he’s a little less jolly or peeved about something – somehow though, he always finds it in himself to keep smiling. He’s got a wicked infectious laugh on him and honestly, he’s like a medicine for making you feel better. The lesson here? Smile a little more, laugh a little harder – you never know who’s day you could be making.
- It’s ok to fuck up – that’s how you learn: Grandad’s always taught me to give things a go no matter what; even if I think I’m gonna fail at something, he’ll tell me ‘so what? Besides, you don’t fail, you learn – and if you don’t fuck up, you haven’t tried hard enough’.
- Be the better person: Grandad’s a big believer in not treating people crappy just because they treat/ed you crappy. In his eyes, you should always try to be the better person…that said, he’s also a big believer in not taking any sh*t. So… be kind, pick your battles, and don’t be trodden on right, Grandad?
- The ‘fu*k it’ attitude: This lesson is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin; my Grandad has lived his whole life not asking ‘is this a good idea?’ ‘what if I hurt myself?’ ‘what if I mess up?’, in fact he’s pretty much never uttered the words ‘what if?’ – he lives by ‘fu*k it’ – he gives things a go, he’s spontaneous and he lives in the moment, and he encourages me to do so all the time. That’s what life’s all about, right?!
- “Make haste for where the sun shines”: So this is something my Grandad randomly said when I was sat in the car with him years ago. There’s no obvious lesson behind it, but I’ve always remembered it & I like to apply it to my life like… whatever happens, whatever I do, always try to make haste for where the sun shines – I dunno, always be happy, always go where makes you happy.
One more thing I should probably tell you about my Grandad, because it’d be criminal not to whilst I’m here – he loves unconditionally and with the fullest heart imaginable – he doesn’t half arse anything, and that’s especially true when it comes to how he loves. He’s always been there for me and he always gives me 110% of himself. He’s a diamond among rocks, and it’s been my privilege to share just a few words about him with you today.
Is there someone in your life who’s taught you life lessons/is wise as the old tree in Disney’s Pocahontas?! Please comment below and tell me what you’ve learned from them!
Thank you for reading this, I’m aware it was a bit of soppy one, but it meant a lot for me to write about my Grandad so…thanks for being a part of that! 🙂