I saw a fantastic sunset from my garden the other evening. I felt happy.
What is your definition of happiness?
I was speaking on Radio Norfolk this morning about being happy, particularly with young people who worry so much about themselves. They compare themselves with others a lot of the time and it causes anxiety and unhappiness.
Of course the media is responsible for a lot of this. Only this morning I read that if you are a woman, you should have a flat stomach and abs. These poor souls who strive to maintain this are liable to become even more unhappy. They define themselves and their identity around how flat a stomach they have and how their abs look.
Alongside the article was an image of Raquel Welch. She was totally all woman. A real female who oozed sexuality. Curves in all the right places and feminine. Not someone with a six pack concave stomach who looks more like a man.
What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?
Mine was from my son Lee, who when I said I was very worried about something asked me what the worst thing that could happen. I went through the usual scenarios, but he interrupted me and said no, the worst thing that can happen to you is you die. Anything other than that can be dealt with.
It had a profound effect on me and since that time I have not only repeated it to myself, but to many other people.