One of my favorite stories about Louis is from Soccer Aid, when he helped the little girl who was profoundly deaf. After the event the girl’s mother tweeted: “He constantly reassured her and made her feel safe! He is a gem.”
This story, to me, is everything that defines Louis. He is a protector, a champion for those who need help, a big brother, a gentle hand to the most vulnerable, charitable, kind and humble through it all. The only reason we heard about it is from the girl’s mother, and there are so many instances like this.
Another of my favorite Louis moments is when Liam was on stage and was feeling insecure about his hair cut. Louis got the entire crowd to cheer along to make the boy feel better. He will never, not for a moment, let those he loves feel less-than if he can make a difference. There are so many instances like this.
Another of my favorite and most heartbreaking Louis moments was when he performed Just Hold On for the first time, and the world got to see his strength. The fortitude and sheer will that took was awe inspiring to millions. There are so many instances like this.
Just a few days ago, this fandom hit the goal of $26,000 raised for one of Louis’ favorite charities. $26,000. The impact that he has had on millions of lives to inspire that kind of celebration, that kind of charity, that kind of giving, speaks volumes to who he is as a person. It is so much louder than anything any bitter person can say. We drown them out by following Louis’ example.
Something I will always admire about Louis is that he could have so easily turned bitter and angry and hateful. But he never has. That’s who he is as a person, that’s his character.
He calls himself a little shit from Doncaster (and maybe he is sometimes, and that’s another reason to love him), but he is also the embodiment of determination, strength, humility, protectiveness, sass, kindness, charity and love–for his fans and for his family and those he cares about.
I will forever be thankful for him for writing Just Hold On, and I know I’m not alone in that. He never shies away from being vulnerable in his music, and by being open in the ways he can he lets others know it’s okay to feel too. Sad, happy, loving, stressed, determined. You’re okay, it’s okay, he says.
I could go on for days, but I’ll just say this. Louis Tomlinson has made the world a better place for having been born 26 years ago. I hope 2018 brings nothing but happiness to him. Darling, just hold on.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUIS!!! XOXOX