Look, I’ll admit it; I’m a complete fan girl. Not the screaming, please-sign-my-dog, #noticeme kind of fan girl, but a fan girl all the same. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with it. If someone is doing something amazing, why shouldn’t people support them? So that’s just what I’m going to do. As Blue Planet II starts this Sunday, I thought it was a good time to share my love of David Attenborough and give you a few reasons why I think he’s amazing.
#1 – He doesn’t give up
It’s all well and good talking about people’s careers when it’s all fine and dandy, but it’s super easy to forget they had to contend with rejection too. Don’t believe me? Well, David Attenborough happened to get that dreaded rejection message from the BBC when he applied for his first job, a radio talk producer. Not one to give up on his dreams, he kept applying for jobs and finally accepted an offer from the BBC in 1952. RESULT!
Oh, and talking about dream jobs, hands up if you’ve not applied for a job because you don’t tick every single box? Well, at the time he was offered his first full-time job in the television division of the BBC, Attenborough didn’t own a TV (like most Britons) and had only seen a single TV programme. Time to start applying for those jobs.
#2 – He doesn’t let others get in his way
I’ll hold my hands up and admit that I care too much about what others think. Not Sir Attenborough though. Although his first boss at the BBC was happy with his work, he made a note that Attenborough shouldn’t be in front of the camera because his teeth were too big. Now, I’m no expert, but he’s hardly Bugs Bunny is he?!
In fact, his first hosting job was by complete accident. The original host of Zoo Quest, Jack Leseter, was taken ill after filming the first episode. As it was all live, Sir David was chosen as his replacement. The rest is history…
#3 – He has a go-to outfit
Everyone has that one thing in their wardrobe that makes them feel confident. You all know what I’m talking about; that years-old LBD that still makes you feel like the Queen you are. Well, you, my friend are not alone, as David Attenborough has his blue shirt.
Apparently, Sir David once forget his blue shirt on location and felt so lost without it he had to buy another from a local shop. Unfortunately, he later found out it was a women’s shirt.
#4 – He’s the ultimate globetrotter
As ultimate travel goals go, Sir David Attenborough is the King, and often said to be the most well-travelled man in the World. Having visited every continent and even reaching the North Pole at 83, he’s all the travel inspo I need.
Not impressed? Whilst filing the 1998 series Life of Birds, he famously travelled 256,000 miles by air, the equivalent distance of 10 times round the world. I’d be chuffed with once.
#5 – His achievements are incredible
Most people are extremely proud of achieving a degree, after all it takes a lot of work to achieve it. Sir David Attenborough has 32 (honorary) degrees from British Universitys. That’s more than any other person, and to be honest, I think he deserves them all.
Oh, and there’s also the little thing of being the only person to have won a BAFTA in black and white, colour, HD and 3D.
#6 – He manages to stay humble
After all these accomplishments, you might forgive Sir David for enjoying the finer things in life. Not likely. Apparently, Sir David used to travel economy, refusing upgrades unless the camera crew were also upgraded. It was only when he turned 75, that the BBC insisted he travel Business Class. What a gent.
If that wasn’t endearing enough, Attenborough’s favourite holiday destination is the super affordable Pembrokeshire in Wales because that’s where he used to take his children on family holidays. There’s no place like home.
#7 – He doesn’t set himself limits
Whilst most 91 year olds are enjoying life at a slightly gentler pace, David Attenborough is as active as ever. Born in the same year as the Queen, Attenborough has no intention of retiring. I guess it’s true what they say: do a job you love and you’ll never a work a day in your life.
If all this doesn’t make you love Sir David Attenborough, I don’t know what will. Now if you excuse me, I have to geek out and binge watch Planet Earth.