My distractions


written by Matthew Rensberry on 2023-05-24

Let me spell it out. You’re not brave and strong if you’re ill – you’re unlucky. You’re not brave and strong if you climb a mountain – you’re daring. You’re brave if you endanger yourself on behalf of others and you’re strong if you don’t moan about your life.

‘People think my life has been tough, but I think it’s been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realise it’s not what happened, it’s how you deal with it’, Tina Turner once said.

Stoicism in a nutshell. So when we are tempted to use the words brave and strong cheaply, let us remember Tina Turner – and let us, at least, be tough.

-Julie Burchill