Fame is something associated with the Holland's. I had a brush with it. My eldest son has completely embraced it and with the advent of social media and the new qualifications and criteria for modern-day ‘celebrity’, it could be argued that other members of the Holland household are basking in some limelight too.
One of the pitfalls associated with fame is remaining grounded; avoiding the negative outcomes that accompany notoriety and associated trappings and pitfalls.
Back in the day, a rather acerbic and unpleasant comedian on the circuit became very famous – and I coined a phrase about him – it’s a shame that fame hasn’t changed him.
Because remaining unchanged by fame is hallowed ground and what to aim for.
Via Tom, we have met a number of famous people who admirably remain unaffected by their aching success. Ron Howard springs to mind; a nicer man you’re unlikely to meet.
Putting this more crudely – avoid becoming a dick or a diva - which I believe occurs when a ‘celebrity’ stops hearing the word, no. It is a simple word but a very powerful one and happens to be essential for anyone wanting to remain in the real world.
Not hearing “no” allows for bad behaviour to be normalised and excused and the famous person effectively becomes isolated and lost.
So that said, let me introduce you to a member of the Holland household whose fame is unquestionable and yet this notoriety has not made a scintilla of difference to how they behave.
A great example then to the celebrity world.
An individual completely without ego and takes fame entirely in their stride.
I refer of course, to Tessa Holland.
One of the most famous dogs in the United Kingdom – and maybe even the world? Tessa has a huge following online. On multiple red carpets, she has eclipsed luminous stars such as Robert Downey Junior and even her official owner, Tom Holland.
Like so many celebrities, she is blessed with great natural beauty and draws admiring looks wherever she goes. With no gym hours, she has that annoyingly svelte figure – and yet wears her physical gifts so modestly. No make-up or makeovers for this star. And always the same outfit as well: plane old naked. Now, that’s confidence for you.
And such is the adulation for her, naturally, she gets mail.
People want to draw her, paint her. Create art of her and for her.
Which brings me to this photo.
Do you recognise this blue dinosaur?
It was gifted to Tessa somehow. At one of our Brothers Trust private screening events perhaps, we don’t know but I wanted to share it on my blog, because it is truly unique.
Over the years – Tessa has received many hundreds of toys in all manner of shapes and sizes and at different degrees of destructibility. Thank you to everyone who has been so generous but also now I must offer a candid admission… and especially so for people who think Tessa is happily playing with their gifts.
Because your generously donated toys have been ripped to pieces already and for the most part, immediately. I understand that will be disheartening for you to read. It is difficult for us to watch a brand new (heavy-duty) stuffed toy being shredded by a normally placid blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
And made worse because now we know that this violence is not Tessa acting on instinct.
Indeed, we thought this was something innate to her breed until this blue dinosaur came in to her life. And where it has remained since and in pristine condition. Not a single puncture mark.
Tessa loves this Dino.
It accompanies Tessa around the house and rivals even my slippers and socks for a place in her bed at night – and so a special thank you from me also.
This post is not an appeal for further blue dinosaurs. Tessa already has the toy she loves. Tessa now wants for nothing in life. As I write this post, I am in my lounge, sitting on one of my expensive sofas. On my other expensive sofa is a blue dog with her blue dinosaur.
A celebrity dog getting it right – an example to celebrities and wannabes everywhere – how to live your best life.
Because everything is relative and ‘a best life’ is what we all strive for, no?
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