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Just a year after losing my Grandmother, my grandad suffered a sudden heart attack and spent a number of weeks in intensive care. A short time after he woke and returned to our family home, he and I sat on his bed as he told me how proud he was of me. A few minutes later, I thanked him but said it was hard to take him serious as he sat perched on the edge of his bed, wearing only a white vest and his underpants with a catheter bag to match, attached to his leg because he could no longer use the toilet in the way he had for the past 80-something years. For the next 5 minutes, we couldn’t help control our fits of laughter as we stared at the grey bag slowly filling with yellow liquid that pretty much covered the circumference of his calf and a tap pointing down to his foot, it was like it wasn’t really happening to him and that he was almost taking the mickey out of people that have to depend on this. My grandad knew he was dying and with great strength he spent his last days telling his family how much we all meant to him, and I’ll never forget the moment he told me he is going to miss me ~ the most surreal, yet heartwarming message I’ve ever heard. So to celebrate my late grandparents, I am dedicating this page to them, for they lived each day as it was, something I don’t think our society today is terribly great at. We have many hang-ups and not to mention the struggle of mental health that in some way or another affects us all.

To anyone thats ever lacked self-love, cast your eyes over these words and you never know, one day you might realise the impact it’s had on you.

~ You are so much more than your worst joke or your misjudged tweet or mistake at work. – Dolly Alderton

~ Remember when you wanted what you currently have? – Unknown

~ The expert at anything was once at beginner. – Helen Hayes

~ Today you’re as young as you’ll ever be. – Eleanor Roosevelt

~ It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. –Friedrich Nietzsche 

~ She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. – Bob Marley

~ Speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. – Albert Einstein

~ When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. – Lee Ann Womack

~ Bitterness keeps you from flying, always stay humble and kind. – Tim McGraw

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