Anthony Field of The Wiggles published his book in 2012 called How I Got My Wiggle Back- A Memoir of Healing. In the preface Greg Truman begins “If you’re over five, without children and live in a dark cave you probably don’t know that The Wiggles are the most successful pop band for preschool-age children of all time”. The Wiggles hold a record for “selling out 12 consecutive shows over a few days in 2003 at Madison Square Garden in New York”. They have sold 27 million DVDs and CDs more than 1 million children’s books and have played to over 1 million paying concert goers.
I found it hard to put the book down. One of the things that struck me right away was how incredibly honest and frank Anthony has been in this book. In fact, he was endearingly courageous. He explains just how brutal and lonely the many grueling hours spent in a minivan on tour were and gives credit to his companions that put up with his anger and deep depression.
Anthony details his fascinating life story while he weaves in the way he managed to ignore the telltale signs of failing health until a full-blown crisis hit. Even missing performances and a whole tour to Hong Kong were not enough to get him to make health his top priority. His book reminded me about the cost of disregarding the body’s rules of good health and longevity.
“In 2000 ….. we were starting to see the kind of results we’d worked for. However, my health situation was nothing short of calamitous. I had started missing shows and literally staggered onto stage on several occasions. But we were busy. So busy. We had no time for anything other than work. Hey, what’s that ticking sound?”
In my next review of Anthony’s book I will look at the way he reminds us how we can think we are doing everything we can to improve and maintain our health yet not get the results we want and need. This is often because we dabble in healthy activities and habits rather than fully commit to them. This then effectively allows us to con ourselves into thinking we are committed to enhanced health and wellbeing when in fact we are not.