I was very sad to read of the death of Mike Smith last weekend. I am of the age to remember waking up to and enjoying his breakfast show and also watching him on Top of the Pops. In later years, I had also been aware and admiring of how he had reinvented himself with his company FlyingTV, shooting stunning aerial footage from helicopters.
Reading the warm obituaries this week, there was one quote from him which jumped out at me:
"I got to 45 and some of the shows I was being offered as a presenter I didn't want to do," he said. "I'd never been middle-aged before and I thought, 'What's part two going to be like?' I thought, 'It could be what I wanted it to be.'" (via BBC News)
Mr Smith was only 59, and should have had much, much longer to enjoy his successful and happy ‘part two’. All we can do is take a lesson from his tragically early death: whatever our age, we all have the opportunity to make the next part of our lives what we want it to be.
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