I have just come from the funeral of one of the most inspiring, creative and kind people I have ever had the privilege to meet.
He was truly inspirational, and genuinely interested in everyone. He had a continuing thirst for knowledge and a real wish to explore life further, get to know and understand things better.
He was only in his forties when he died.
He was a well loved, much respected father of 4 wonderful children.
He was also the much loved and respected headteacher of my children's old school.
It was much too soon for him to go. He was a man with much more to give.
I am torn by the utter sadness and crushing unfairness of it and yet so glad to have met him at all.
I want to share the words printed in his funeral pamphlet. They, like the man, are completely inspirational and everyone should read them.
If there were ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing
It is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily -
But for something that tugs at your heart
Something that is worth your aspiration
something that is your dream
You owe it to yourself
To make your days count
Know, though, that things worth doing
Seldom come easy,
there will be times when you want to
Pack it up and call it quits
Those times tell you
That you are pushing yourself
And that you are not afraid to learn by trying.
Because with an idea,
Determination and the right tools,
You can do great things,
Let your instincts, your intellect
and let your heart guide you.
Believe in the incredible power
Of the human mind
Of doing something that makes a difference
Of working hard
Of laughing and hoping
Of lasting friends
Of all the things that will cross your path
The start of something new,
Brings the hope of something great
Anything is possible
There is only one you
and you will pass this way but once
Do it right.