My Pop-Capes (who died when I was 14) was opposed to material possessions. He used to say:
'You should be able to pack your whole life into a suitcase Vanessa Anne."
My Dad used to try and convince Pop-Capes (who was his father-in-law) into purchasing a house.
But Pop-Capes was dead against it.
"You can't take it with you when you die." Pop-Capes would say to Dad.
Pop-Capes was a true minimalist in every sense of the word.
He was the most joyful man I've ever met.
He rode his push-bike every day until he died at 85.
Pop-Capes wanted to be a jockey but was deterred by his parents who said it was a pipe dream.
So for the rest of his life, he vicariously lived his 'pipe dream' by watching the races and having a flutter on the weekend..
Pop-Capes was a GREAT supporter of 'my dream' and never missed a concert or performance.
He told me that I had special gifts and to never listen to ANYONE that told me otherwise.
Every Sunday he would come to our house for lunch. And I would show him my dances that I'd learnt at Johnny Young Talent School.
Mum would always say to me:
"Pop-Capes isn't rich in money. He's rich in happiness.".
When he passed away and we packed up his room in the retirement village.
His clothes, shoes, books, toaster and a few photos -- all fit PERFECTLY into his suitcase.
Mum and I sat on the bed and cried.
Pop-Capes not only talked the talk. He walked the walk.
Whenever I find myself WANTING more.
I think of Pop-Capes and his simple life.
What we OWN or DO doesn't equate to success.
The only thing that equates to success is if we are authentically happy.
The rest is BULLSHIT!
My name is Vanessa de Largie.