1. When are you most motivated?
Mornings, definitely. Have you ever seen somebody bounce out of bed in a press-up position? That’s basically me, followed by an episode of “oww.. why the f*** did I do that?” when my wrist punishes me for putting weight on it! Also if I fail at something, Lord only knows I am stubborn! If something goes wrong, I’m not the sort of person who is going to whine that “I can’t do it!”. I’m the go-getter, so if I can’t do it the first time, I’m going to accept the consequences, buckle down, and go at it a little bit differently. As my father always taught me, a winner never quits and a quitter never wins!
2. If you didn’t know your age, how old would you think you’d be?
At a guess? Maybe about 24-25. I’ve still largely got my young-at-heart personality, but I’m also hardened and experienced now. I like to think that I go at the world with a can-do attitude and the awareness and ability to admit that I don’t know everything in it. However, I do find and get annoyed with some people my age who act like they know everything and that they’re somehow more worldly than the older generations. Have you lived through a world war? The threat of nuclear apocalypse? Been only able to eat what you were given because of food shortages or lived without the internet? No, so sit down, shut up and have a little bit of humility. I think that’s what would make me think that I wasn’t their age, maybe even older! I’ve always gotten on really well with people 40+ because I enjoy good-natured humour. Basically, as a kid my family used to go camping with groups of retired people and I think that they definitely helped to shape and define me. There was such a sense of community, sharing and making do on those trips. I had a lot of surrogate grandparents when I was a kid. I’d share camp stove Welsh cakes and tales with them, they’d share stewed plums and tales with me. Great times!
3. What is one part of your everyday routine that you’d be better off without?
Undoubtedly that moment or two when Hugo parades up and down the grass, looking for the prime location to take a sh*t and I have to stand outside with him on a lead, freezing my ass off while he decides if he’s facing due North (apparently dogs do that) or whether he’s close enough to the house for that perfect poop. Nobody cares, little dude, just get down to business so I can pick it up – especially when it’s raining!
4. What is a question you wish people would ask when they meet you for the first time?
I think one of the best, and perhaps also one of the most basic, is a simple “how are you?”. People are people and I think that, no matter how successful we may be in life, we are still all only human. You could have millions of dollars or millions of followers, but at the end of the day, how big is the hole going to be? Fame doesn’t buy happiness, and perhaps some of the most rich and famous people out there are also the saddest of all. We should never lose sight of the person, we should never lose sight of the person we know, who makes us smile or entertains us in some way and I’d like to think that, if I ever got rich and famous, somebody would remember this day. If you ever meet me, regardless of what you think of me (hopefully it’s positive!), please remember that I too am only a human, and I too am just trying to bring purpose and meaning to my life and make a few people smile along the way- just like most people do!