So many farewells this year already

The world is growing older and me along with it. It's a sad but unalterable fact of life that humans have a finite lifetime. With each passing year, the number of farewells increases; the obituaries become more common; more funerals are attended; more of the people I have known and loved stand before the closing curtain and take their final bow. Many go way before their time.

I don't know what it is about 2016, but it's only April and there have already been far too many people leave us. Already we have said goodbye to Prince, Victoria Wood, Ronnie Corbett, Paul Daniels, Sir Terry Wogan, Alan Rickman and David Bowie. These are people that moulded me in many ways. I grew up with them, so to speak. As they pass, I think about how my life has been enriched for them having been a part of it, and I smile. I've been an audience member watching their show and feeling the warmth of their performance.

It will happen to each and every one of us. Our performance will come to an end and the final curtain will fall. This is why we MUST live life to the fullest - today! Our friends and family in the audience are watching us entertain. We bring meaning to their lives with our dazzling performance, and all we have to do is just be ourselves. I wonder just what kind of performance mine will be. How will the crowd remember my show? When the final curtain does come, when we take our final bow, whether the show is finishing early or not, how much will we have entertained and touched those sitting in the crowd, feeling our warmth?

I for one have a long and entertaining set of performances ahead of me. I don't think I'll ever stop working on new material to keep the punters happy. There's laughter a plenty still to come in this show. And if 2016 throws more sadness at me, I'll just have to work that much harder to keep the crowd happy. Stay tuned, folks, 'cause this show 'aint over yet!

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