And now, the end is near……..

…………….And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I’ll say it clear,
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

I’ve worked a life that’s full.
I’ve traveled each and every hallway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, I’ve had a few;
That it has ended far to early.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through whilst being poorly.

I planned each tutorial session;
Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, time has shown and, I’m sure you knew
That I bit off more than I could chew.
But through the pain, when there was doubt,
I forced myself up, I went out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried.
I’ve had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say – not in a shy way,
“Oh no, oh no not me,
I did it my way”.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not his work, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows –
And did it my way!

Yes, it was my way

Being a massive fan of crooning and the Rat Pack it seems fitting to adapt the words of this Frank Sinatra song to fit today. It is reputed he didn’t like singing this but it has become one of his most famous, originally written by Paul Anka (changed by me today) and composed by Claude François I thought it was an ideal song to use. You see today is my last day being employed by City College, and to tell you the truth I’m not really sure how I feel.

I’ve worked with great people since starting there in 2006. Many have moved on to bigger things, some have been forced to leave due to redundancies and others have retired. I’ve never worked in one place as long as I have at City College and I leave many good friends still working there who I wish well and the students who will come and go over the coming years and leave under their guidance much better people. I have many fond memories from being Honest Charles the office bookie, I ran many sweepstakes raising money for local charities over the years, appearing in the local newspaper talking about my NVQ’s I studied, being a mentor to staff and students, working within the best teams I’ve ever worked in, having the best manager, fantastic support offered to me through Andy, Sam and Jim the Unison reps, working with students individually and in groups, offering support and guidance and having many laughs along the way. I will miss all this and I hope to keep in contact with many of you.

This is a new chapter in my life and I know I have the opportunity to make it a positive one if my mind allows. My body always dictates each day what I can and can’t do each day so as I move into the unknown I look forward with apprehension the fresh challenges I will face each day.

5 thoughts on “And now, the end is near……..

  1. Ok here goes I will happily make a complete fool of myself

    And now the end has come.
    And so you pull back a brand new curtain.
    My friend it’s only fear
    of what comes next, you feel uncertain.

    I know whatever comes next
    you’ll do your best of that I’m certain.
    Your friends will stand by you
    and hold your hand not in a shy way

    yes you can move on from here
    and do it your way.

    Regrets you’ve had a few
    but then again everyone has them
    you did what you had to do
    with dignity and while you were suffering

    Face the future with head held high.
    And roll your scooter down the high way
    You can and will move on
    and do it your way

    You will be fine mate. I just know you will. You are such a strong person. With your support network and the people who love and respect you behind you.
    All the best my friend x

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