Last night I saw the Sensational David Bowie Tribute Band live. They fulfilled their brief to the letter. What the frontman lacked in Bowie looks, he more than made up for when he started singing. With just enough humour to poke fun at himself in costume, he paid charming tribute to the evening's collective hero whilst nailing every single song. With my eyes closed, I could swear I was listening to Aladdin Sane himself and from the reaction of the four hundred strong crowd, I think they felt the same.
Afterwards in the bar, "Bowie" emerged, dressed as himself. He looked much more impressive and had a real star presence. I wanted to ask him "Did you want to be David Bowie when you grew up?" but I didn't want to interrupt him engaging with his fans.
Earlier on in the day I'd chatted to a guy in the gym I'd never met before. He couldn't wait to tell me he'd lost three stones in three months and share his simple strategy. Eat less, drink less alcohol and exercise more. He couldn't keep the smile off his face. And rightly so. Perhaps his happiness had something to do with him becoming closer to who he wanted to be.
I've heard this often and I wonder if it's even true but I choose to believe it happened...
A primary teacher tasks her seven year old pupils with writing on their paper - When I grow up I want to be............ She asks them to complete the sentence and draw a picture too. On walking round the class to see the children's work, she stops at Johnny's desk. His sentence says - When I grow up I want to be happy - and he has drawn a picture of a man with a huge smile on his face. The teacher says "Johnny, I don't think you understood the question." Johnny replied "Miss, I don't think you understood the answer."
I've had a great week at work; I saw David Bowie live; the sun shone all weekend; the horse I picked in the Grand National led valiantly from the first to the fourth last fence and my football team won 5-1.
The emergence of Spring and the sun in the sky often makes me reflect on my life. I'm pretty sure I'm pretty close to who I wanted to be when I grew up. I hope you are too.