In these days of social media news is instant, whatever is happening in the world within seconds  is made public.

It can be news of celebration or of sadness.

This morning I like millions of others woke to the news on my Twitter feed that David Bowie had died, within seconds there were millions of responses, everyone shocked and paying tribute.

Whether you are a fan of Bowie or not I think we can all agree that he made an enormous difference to so many, he was a one off, his creativity was something that my generation had not experienced before, he showed it was ok to be different in fact to be different was the norm.

We are all unique.

Last week via Twitter I heard that Ed (Stewpot) Stuart has also passed on to bigger and better things, another person who had been in  my life, listening to him on the radio and Junior Choice, and saying ‘ello darling.’

I didn’t know either personally of course, but they were both people who were able to make their mark on the world, to make a difference to really live their lives to the full.

When people pass on, we spend time looking back.

We can remember things we were doing when a certain song was released, we remember ourselves in a different time, full of youth and energy and looking to the future.

There  have been very many people who are no longer part of my life, people who meant so much to me, they may not be here in a physical sense but I know they  are walking beside me, encouraging me to move forward.

Thank you to all of those who have influenced my life, be it from a distance or those who have been close, you did make every moment count.

Jane