Today’s post is not culinary related. It is on a rather depressing subject, but I hope that it doesn’t scare you away. I hope that you will still stay and read. After all, it is something that each and every one of us will have to face some time in our short lives.
RW has been bringing people laughs before I was born. Personally, I didn’t really become that familiar with him and his work until the 1990’s. Dead Poets Society is one of the earliest movies I remember of RW’s. That was a great movie. My all time favorite has to be Mrs. Doubtfire. I still remember watching it the first time. I went with some girls from church and our Bible teacher. The whole theater was cracking up throughout the movie. RW was just so hilarious. We all left the theater talking about what a great actor RW is. Yep, RW was the person we could always count on to entertain us.
When I hear about celebrities dying or finding themselves with terminal illness, it kind of puts things into perspective. RW’s diagnosis with Parkinsons was also a shocker.
Is it weird and disturbing that I have actually wondered about how ‘I’ am going to die? I have thought about how I would die, what I would die from, and at what age I would die. I predict that I will die when I am an old lady and in my sleep, but only God knows when.
I think the moment that really put a different perspective on life and death was when a friend’s father died about ten years ago or so. They were family friends that I grew up with. We used to go on trips together, go swimming at each others’ houses, our parents played golf together, and so on. We’ve known them since I was a little girl. And when I heard the news that the dad suddenly died, I was shocked.
This just goes to show you how short life is. Such experiences make me not want to take things for granted and live life to the fullest. It makes me want to create a bucket list and do everything I ever wanted to do before it’s too late. But even when we make such a list of things to do, most of us go through life without being able to do every single thing we want to or wanted to do. With the limited time in the day, weeks, months, years, and lifetime, it’s nearly impossible for a person to do everything they ever wanted to do.
Life really does fly by way too quickly. It seems like just yesterday we were carefree kids without the daily stresses of everyday life, doesn’t it? The older we get, the closer we get to death. Now I never really got into Philosophy. I did take a class once and found myself falling asleep most of the days. And I ended up dropping the class. I hardly remember anything I learned during the short couple of weeks or however long it was. But I do remember a lecture covering the German philosopher, Friedrich Neitzsche. Neitzsche believed that people were nuts to want to obtain more knowledge. He believed that more we know, the more we are going to realize the predicament that we are in, -which is that we are all on a journey leading to death. So I guess in this case, ignorance would be bliss?
I apologize if this post brought you down. I just wanted to share with you about something that I think about sometimes. Thanks for reading. And R.I.P Robin Williams. The world will miss you.