Monday, May 5, 2014

11 Life Lessons from Bob Hoskins

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Bob Hoskins was a loveable British actor who sadly passed away last week. His daughter Rosa is a writer and actress living and working in London. She wrote this inspirations post on her blog about the things she learnt from Bob.

“My darling Dad has died. I loved him to the ends of the earth and he loved me back just the same. These are the lessons he taught me, I will keep them close to my heart and remind myself of them whenever I stumble or falter. They are his words; the words spoken so often to encourage, comfort and reassure. This isn’t general wisdom, rather advice that he tailor-made just for me. I love you Dad.”

1. Laugh. There’s humour to be found everywhere, even your darkest days there’s something to have a joke about. Laugh long and loud and make other people laugh. It’s good for you.
2. Be yourself. If someone doesn’t like you they’re either stupid, blind, or they’ve got bad taste. Accept who you are, you’ve got no one else to be. Don’t try to change yourself, there’s no point. Don’t apologise. Don’t make excuses. Be yourself and if anyone else doesn’t like it they can f*ck off.
3. Be flamboyant. It’s who you are and always have been. Be eccentric and unique. Don’t try to adapt yourself to someone else’s view of normal. That belongs to them, not you. Like yourself as you are.
4. Don’t worry about other people’s opinions. Everyone’s a critic, but ultimately what they say only matters if you let it. Don’t believe your own press. People can just as easily sing your praises as they can tear you down. Don’t waste your time on things you can’t change. Let it slide off you like water off a duck’s back.
5. Get angry. It’s ok to lose your temper now and then. If anger stays in, it turns to poison and makes you bitter and sad. Get angry, say your peace, then let it go.
6. Whatever you do, always give it a good go. Don’t be afraid of failure and disappointment. If you fall flat on your face then get straight back up. You’ll always regret not trying. Disappointment is temporary, regret is forever.
7. Be generous and kind because you can’t take it with you. When you’ve got something to give, give it without hesitation.
8. Appreciate beauty, take pictures and make memories. Capture it; you never know when it’ll be gone.
9. Don’t take yourself too seriously. People who take themselves too seriously are boring.
10. Never, ever, ever, ever give up. Keep on punching no matter what you’re up against. You’re only defeated if you give up, so don’t give up.
11. Love with all your heart. In the end, love is the only thing that matters.


kateS66 said...

What an amazing post! Love it. Going to share with my kids.

Media Messiah said...

The only one I disagree with is 8.2 (because people seem so obsessed with capturing the moment these days, they actually miss the moment itself ... like people at concerts filming the entire thing on their smart-phones rather than just enjoying the gig) the only one I've been guilty of at times is 9, and the only one I find difficult to relate to is 11, unless you replace "Love" with "Keep giving, even if you don't get anything in return."