The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


Groundhog Day …

Happy 2019!

I hope you had a fantastic time with loved ones.

I also hope 2019 is a very special year for you all, for all the right reasons.

While I’ve been back at work for 3 days already – which were spent in bloody Miami – I have to say I had a wonderful time, even if I didn’t get as many gadgets as I hoped I would.

That said, I’m not making any plans for the year ahead.

I’ve seen too many best intentions get ruined before the end of the first week of a new year to fall into that trap.

But it’s fair to say I do have some hopes for 2019.

Some are professional, but most are mainly personal.

More than that, they’re personal because it involves people I love rather than for myself.

I know … I know … who the hell am I?

The reality is I’m doing OK.

That doesn’t mean I don’t still have a huge drive to go further, but right now, my hopes are for others for the year ahead.

Of course the main people I’m focused on is Jill and Otis.

In September Otis will start ‘proper school’ and we just hope he gets into one that follows the values his Mum and I believe in. We never realized finding a school for him would be so hard … but when you don’t want to go private, don’t want religious associations and don’t want the focus to be so academic his creativity is impacted, I guess it was never going to be easy.

So we have our fingers crossed and will deal with whatever happens.

Which is why I am also focused on Jill.

As much as Otis has impacted my life in so many wonderful ways, it’s Jill who will experience the biggest change once he goes to school.

It’s Jill who has stayed with him throughout his formative years.

It’s Jill who has spent the days with him every week, playing and educating and just generally looking after him.

Their bond is a beautiful thing to witness and I know she feels being a mother has been the most fulfilling thing she has done in her life.

So now what does she do when she leads him to the next stage of his life?

Of course there will still be loads they do together, but I want to give her the backing to find something that fulfills her, whatever that may be.

I know it won’t be the same as helping raise our bundle of energetic joy 24/7, but I am excited to see what she will do.

She is extremely talented, creative and compassionate – and while I know she doesn’t want to start her amazing cake company again – we have discussed some things that she is excited by and I’ll be backing her all the way for whatever she chooses.

I say this because I recently saw the photo at the top of this post.

It’s a photo of Queen drummer, Roger Taylor, looking at the Freddie Mercury statue he has at the bottom of his garden.

The statue that was on top of the London theatre when their musical, We Will Rock You, was performing.

I have to say, I found the photo very poignant.

Apart from the fact it’s wonderful he wanted to keep the statue of his old friend – I can’t imagine what it must be like to see it every day.

Does he look at it and think about all the amazing things they did together?

Does he look at it and mourn the loss of someone he loved like a brother?

Does he look at it and feel the sadness of memories he will never experience again?

Growing old has many benefits – including not giving a damn what others think of you – but it can also act as a bitter pill when the things around you … the things you brought into this world … start taking on a life of their own.

At these points you can either sit back and focus on the change or lean in and explore the possibilities.

For the past 30 years of my professional life, I’ve been fortunate to always embrace leaning in to the possibilities – possibilities that has seen me live around the World and meet an endless stream of wonderful, creative individuals.

While I have no intention of stopping that approach to living, I do want to make sure that in 2019, Jill gets the drivers seat because apart from her generosity in letting me do so much of the steering, the reality is she was the one who helped us navigate to where we currently are so I know by handing over the driving to her, she will go to somewhere wonderful and fulfilling and no one I know deserves it more.

She’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.

So happy 2019 to all … I’m excited to see where we all end up in the next 12 months, even if my blog posts will continue to bring the excitement of possibility down to a slow, painful crawl.

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Welcome back Rob. Your new year is off to a cracking start with trips to Miami and Bohemian Rhapsody winning the Golden Globe. Not sure if any of that has Jill in the driver’s seat, but it doesn’t take away how considerate you are as a person. At least to your family who, let’s be honest, totally deserve it.

Comment by Pete

Yep. I’m totally shocked the movie won. Maybe not the best actor award but best movie? Freddie would be pissing himself laughing.

Comment by Rob

Happy new year to everyone.
Good job Lady Gaga is such a Queen fan or she would be devastated.

Comment by George

Biggest scandal ever.

Comment by DH

fuck me campbell, could you not have waited a little longer before pissing on my hopes for 2019.

Comment by andy@cynic

Did you really think he wouldn’t do it?

Comment by DH

the time between posts fucked with my brain. almost the best fucking present ever then he pissed on it by coming back. prick.

Comment by andy@cynic

you would have tried to buy that statue wouldnt you. you sad sad fuck.

Comment by andy@cynic

I am absolutely certain of it.

Comment by George

House prices in Fulham fall even further.

Comment by DH

I thought old men bought a porsche as a cock proxy.

Comment by Billy Whizz

I believe it was Jon Steel who once told us (at JWT) about their pitch to Porsche in the late 80’s.
They had two sets of boards. They asked Porsche if they wanted a full hour presentation or the one slide summary.
Porsche said the latter, and they revealed a slide which just said:
“Wankers”

Comment by Rob (Other one)

What a lovely post to start the year

Comment by Rob (Other one)




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