dedication, motivation and determination.

as a tiny one, I was always told

‘There’s no such word as can’t’ – Grandpa Hughes

When we lost Grandpa, a few years ago now, they had this engraved on a plaque, which they stuck on the wall above his bench at the local RDA charity. Pretty cool guy huh? His motto was put up to help all the disabled children when he wasn’t there.

This man, his life and his motto help me through life every single day. Now life isn’t simple on my end of the stick, but it’s a lucky one and I’m so grateful but I digress, but this motto gets me through every single hardship there is. Accompanied with ‘If you don’t have time, make time’ and I’m sorted. This is me now

I resolved years ago to let my Grandpa’s mottos become mine, because I wouldn’t be who I am without them. Every time I feel like giving up, I tell myself ‘There’s no such word as can’t’ and on I go again.

My Grandpa had an iron will, if he put his mind to it, he did it. No ifs, no buts. It would be done. And I try to do that too, be a bit like him. You don’t want to trifle with us Hughesies, we are those of the iron wills, but that’s a story for another day.

What I’m trying to say, is that to me, determination, dedication and motivation are so important in life ( and that’s why). I mean without them, nobody would get anywhere really.

Today, I got up at six o’clock (not early but…) in some pretty miserable whether (was it snowing? No. Was it raining? No. What was it doing? Somewhere between the two…) and put on 9 layers of clothing to go rowing in the minus degrees. Rowing isn’t an easy sport, nor is riding, and it’s not something for the faint hearted either. Or the squeamish… But the dedication shown by my crew is top notch. And I don’t mean to blow my own recorder (because I don’t have a trumpet) I’d like to say mine is too.

Now how I could do this without motivation, determination and dedication I don’t know. But I don’t need to, because as long as I remember my Grandpa, I’ll have all three. And that’ll be forever.

this one’s for you Grandpa x

M

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