11 life lessons from the late actor Bob Hoskins, shared by his daughter
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 01:22 PM
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Bob Hoskins, the British actor known for his roles in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Hook," and (most recently) "Snow White and the Huntsman," succumbed to pneumonia on April 29 at the age of 71. His daughter, Rosa, encapsulates her father's legacy with her beautifully written "11 Lessons from my Dad, which she shared on her website :
1) Laugh. There’s humour to be found everywhere, even on your darkest days there’s something to have a joke about. Laugh long and loud and make other people laugh. It’s good for you.2) Be yourself. If someone doesn’t like you they’re either stupid , blind, or they’ve got bad taste. Accept who you are, you’ve got no one else to be. Don’t try to change yourself, there’s no point. Don’t apologise. Don’t make excuses. Be yourself and if anyone else doesn’t like it they can **ck off.3) Be flamboyant, it’s who you are and always have been. Be eccentric and unique. Don’t try to adapt yourself to someone else’s view of normal. That belongs to them, not you. Like yourself as who you are.4) Don’t worry about other people’s opinions. Everyone’s a critic, but ultimately what they say only matters if you let it. Don’t believe your own press. People can just as easily sing your praises as they can tear you down. Don’t waste your time on things you can’t change. Let it slide off you like water off a duck’s back.5) Get angry, it’s ok to lose your temper now and then. If anger stays in, it turns to poison and makes you bitter and sad. Get angry, say your peace, then let it go.6) What ever you do, always give it a good go. Don’t be afraid of failure and disappointment. If you fall flat on your face then get straight back up. You’ll always regret not trying. Disappointment is temporary, regret is forever.7) Be generous and kind because you can’t take it with you. When you’ve got something to give, give it without hesitation.8) Appreciate beauty, take pictures and make memories. Capture it, you never know when it’ll be gone.9) Don’t take yourself too seriously. People who take themselves too seriously are boring.10) Never, ever, ever, ever give up. Keep on punching no matter what you're up against. You’re only defeated if you give up, so don’t give up.11) Love with all your heart. In the end, love is the only thing that matters.
Though the advice is — in her words — "tailor made just for me," these are definitely words that everyone should live by.
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