I didn’t post this directly after Martyn’s funeral, because I really wanted to make this something that I would be proud of writing, and also to make it a fitting tribute to Martyn.
Martyn Hett was one of the people killed during the recent Manchester terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert. Although there were many innocent, beautiful souls lost that night, Martyn in particular stood out to me. He was my age, which was the first thing that drew me to his story, but as I learnt more about him…. here was a man who unapologetically lived his life to the full, as unashamedly and unabashedly 100% himself.
Isn’t that what we should all aspire to?
When I read about Martyn’s funeral, I couldn’t help but cry at this brightest of lives having been snuffed out cruelly, several decades too early. Martyn’s coffin was covered in images of Coronation Street characters, that programme being his passion. Martyn had a tattoo of Deirdre Barlow, wore shorts to work, and infused joy into the lives of everyone around him. I felt deeply inspired by him, and only sorry that I’d only come to hear of him due to his premature death.
I want to live a life filled with a passion for something that’s so great, my family put images of it on my coffin. I want to bring a smile to those around me. I want to be myself, truly and completely myself.
I am so glad that Martyn has touched so many lives. Does he inspire you like he does me?