Today I was planning on talking about what life was like living with a Husky but it seems a little less important after I had a conversation with my girlfriend on the way home from work today.
Captain Tom inspired so many people by walking 100 laps of his garden for the NHS raising £33 million pounds, in his last year he was able to change so many people’s lives by just walking around his garden; he showed no matter how old or young you are you can do things even if it is something so small.
What really got me was in his final year of life he achieved so much, but in return so much was given back to him. He was Knighted and became Sir Captain Tom, he was given the honour rank of Colonel of the Army Foundation College, had a number one hit single singing ‘you’ll never walk alone’ with Michael Ball which I believe makes him the oldest person to have a number one hit in the UK charts; on his birthday he was given a fly past by the RAF and The British Army - truly amazing.
He died today of the illness that had inspired him to do something for our NHS. COVID 19 has hit us all so, so hard not just through death but through the times we have lost with friends, family and loved ones. We’ve not been able to hug one another, kiss the new born grand child, visit our loved ones in hospital or care homes. We’ve not being able to attend concerts or go on holiday, the list goes on and on, but if anything this illness has taught us that we need to appreciate these things far more than we have previously, to really enjoy them and not to take them for granted, life is too short.
In some ways when life begins to resemble something ‘normal’ we need to start living for today rather than for tomorrow, live in the moment and enjoy time with our friends and families etc.
In the words of Sir Captain Tom, ‘We will get through this and come out of it stronger, more united and ready to face any challenge together.’ We will see how it has changed the world, yes with much pain but alongside some unexpected positive outcomes. As Monty Python once sang, ‘always look on the bright side of life.’ This is not always easy but the one bright thing I have seen is that as a human race we came together to fight a virus which was so unknown and caused much fear, but within a year we created a vaccine showing that when push comes to shove we can all fight for the common good, What I hope now is that we keep remembering this achievement as we fight another huge challenge. Climate change something that is very pressing in our time, something that has the power kill us all, but something we all hold the key to helping to change. We can all do something, even if it’s just a small thing like walking rather than taking our car sometimes.
So Sir Captain Tom thank you for showing us that one small thing can lead to such bigger things in our lives and being such an inspiration to many