40 Ways Growing Up On The Isle Of Man Changes You Forever
For anyone who knows that chips, cheese, and gravy count as three of your five a day.
Because it's always a conversation starter.
Because you learn to take the rough.
Because you fail to see what's not normal about chips, cheese, and gravy.
Because life there is pretty peaceful.
So you learn how to cope with just...hanging around.
Because you understand that your life will never be quite the same without Griddles.
That's one smug-looking Colonel.
Because wherever you go in the world, someone will have heard of it.
Because when someone brings up waterwheels you've got an unbeatable fact in your back pocket.
Because you understand what wind really is.
Because you know that some places do still charge £1 per drink (or £1.30 for a pint).
Because being from somewhere with an endangered language is something to be proud of.
Because politicians feel accessible, whether you agree with them or not.
Because there's always some sort of drama.
Because you have a slightly different idea of what constitutes a crime.
Because it gives you time to reflect.
Because you know your neighbours are never too far away.
Because darkness on the Isle of Man is like nowhere else.
Because you can appreciate any nightclub in the world once you've been in the worst.
Because you're only ever five minutes from complete silence.
Because for two weeks a year you know there's nowhere quite like the Bushy's tent.
Because you don't have to go too far to feel on top of the world.
Because you know what's at the end of the rainbow.
Because there's always someone willing to say hello.
Because you understand the morning commute doesn't have to be the worst part of your day.
Because if you can take on the Quarter Bridge and survive, you can do anything.
Because you appreciate the importance of tradition.
Because you know that the best trains have names.
Because you'll spend the rest of your life trying to find a view as good as Bradda Head at sunset.
Because you know it's always vital that you have a plan B.
Because you know that all storms, no matter how severe...
...will eventually pass.
Because you know that what cats lack in tails, they make up for in personality.
Because you're now an expert on cycling.
Because you think it's totally fine to believe in fairies.
Because you'll never be able to say what one of these is called.
Because you know how important it is to make the most of the three days of summer the island has each year.
Because instead of making you feel trapped...
...being surrounded by water actually makes you feel protected.
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