As you can probably tell from how delayed this blog was to be published, I have really struggled with what to write. I’ve had many things going through my mind, but wasn’t sure what to put to paper, what was best, and what I felt needed to be heard this time round. However, as things at work began to build again, groups started to start back up and we were seeing more face to face time with the young people it slowly became clear to me what was needed to be heard at this time… and to say it I’ll be using a song.
The year is 2000 and 3 lads from Southend-On-Sea, Essex are about to hit the music scene. That band is Busted. They released 2 albums in the space of 5 years before splitting in 2005 (they returned in 2016 and have been together ever since, but that’s not important to what I am talking about today). I am still a huge fan of Busted, but in those first 5 years I was obsessed. I saw them live, I had the t-shirt, both albums and I would continuously play them, so as you can imagine I was gutted when they split up!
However, although Busted were no more as a band that didn’t stop Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson and James Bourne continuing to make music elsewhere, whether that’s solo or in another band… and from the ashes of Busted appeared a song that would not only become a favourite of mine, but would help me throughout college and even work.
Hey Kid by Matt Willis.
When you’re younger, and even some of us who are older, but mainly when you are younger you feel you have to make something of yourself. You feel you have to fit in with the right crowd, or you have to know what you want to go onto do as a career. I know what you’re thinking, ‘Pretty sure he has talked about this before?’ and yes, you’re right, I have. There is a reason that I am touching on it again though so please stick with me…
Don’t you think you’ve got to try and be somebody
Yeah, it happens on its own
You don’t get along trying to be nobody else
That’s how the chorus of Hey Kid goes and these are the words which I want you want to focus on and take away from reading this today. No one is perfect, no one has it completely set out where they want to go, or who they want to be, but trying to be somebody else isn’t the way to do it. ‘You don’t get along trying to be nobody else’ Be yourself, in whatever you do, be yourself. Although things take work to get to where you want to be (as it’s not all about sitting around waiting for it to happen), things do have a way of finding their own way into place, maybe it’s not exactly what you expected but keep the faith that one day you’ll be where (or near to) where you want to and hope to be.
Recently my Grandad passed away. He was, in my eyes, one of the greatest men ever to have lived. The stories he had were fantastic, and some would be completely unbelievable if you didn’t know him, but he lived life to the full. However, it wasn’t his stories, or anything like that, that make me feel that he was such a great man. In fact, it was his dedication and love that he put into everything, including relationships. Family, friends, even the local newsagent, my Grandad would go out of his way to make everyone feel loved and appreciated, including me. He was always supportive of anything I did, whether that would be through work or just a hobby, he always showed an interest and pushed me on to go further, to jump in with both feet and not worry whether it went wrong, because he had faith it would work out in the end. He is going to be hugely missed, not only by my family, but anyone else who Bill Wilson touched the lives of. Without him, I wouldn’t be writing this, so if you take anything away from this blog it’s that whatever you go onto to do, just go for it! Don’t worry if it takes time, because it will all work out in the end, but whatever you do, be yourself. With dedication, love and whatever other amazing traits you have (which we all do have, even if we convince ourselves otherwise!) you’ll make it in the end.
Everything will be all right in the end and if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end.
Sonny Kapoor (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Keep going, keep safe and keep smiling.
This week’s resource…
Song: Matt Willis – Hey Kid
Can be found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsqk_Lu0aLw
About: "Hey Kid" is the second official single from Matt Willis, released on August 14, 2006. It is taken from Willis's debut solo album Don't Let It Go to Waste.