Hey, it's Eleanor. Thank you for visiting my blog! Here are a few things you might not know about me. 1) I am a word nerd. (That's good for you when I write your copy). 2) I love to learn and have undertaken all sorts of courses from comedy writing to playing the violin. (That's good for you too...apart from perhaps the violin bit). 3) I love all dogs (That's good for you if you are a dog) 4) I am professionally qualified in a wide range of subjects covering Annuities to Zoopharmacognosy. (Good for you because it means I know stuff) 5) I am English but spend a lot of time in Hungary and a tiddly bit elsewhere. (Good for you as I have probably been to places most people haven't...) 6) I love swimming, and vegetable gardening…(Good for you if you ever come round to my house for soup or pizza!).
The 'Utterly Compelling' Copywriter
I saw him in the park on my morning walk.
There was something about him that I recognised.
But I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
Then it dawned on me.
He walked just like my father.
This old man, with a slightly uneven gait but broad shoulders; strong enough no doubt to bear the weight of his family’s trials and tribulations.
A wise man. An old soldier, a father, a son, a brother, a husband. And a grandfather.
But it wasn’t him.
I felt a pang of sadness.
I remember he used to say to me “Eleanor, we all come to our station in life.”
At the time I thought it was a defeatist attitude for a man with a big family and his own business.
It wasn’t until many years after his death that I realised the wisdom of his words.
It was nothing to do with the pecking order, social standing or settling for your lot in life.
It was about becoming all that you can be — fulfilling your destiny.
I am still on my journey with lots of lessons to learn. My station is some way off.
On a lighter note, he also warned me “Bullsh*t baffles brains”. I.e. don’t believe everything clever you hear.
He was right about that too.
What wise advice has someone ever given you that you didn’t fully appreciate until much later?