Three Things that Remind me of the Brevity of Life
- Cemeteries – I grew up knowing where my great-grandparents and other loved one’s were buried. I feel this was a blessing that people in large cities miss out on. It acculturated me into knowing who my people were and it was a reminder that I would follow someday. I look at the dates on the stones and see people who lived and died. I see that many were my age or younger. I see entire families of loved ones around them. Yesterday, I visited where Dawn and I will be buried. Hopefully, it will be sometime before I go, but seeing the dates on the stones around our plot, there are no guarantees.
- Time – With the passing of time, I see so many people around me dying. Now with my grandparents all dead and gone and with my dad passing away 2 months ago, I realize that I am next in line for the males in my family. This is somewhat distressing but it can also be empowering to know that I need to do so much more before I go. So much to do, so much love to give and receive. No time for nonsense or bickering.
- Old Movies – Dawn and I are movie lovers. We love the classics. We just watched East of Eden, with James Dean… I love that film. TCM also showed several Hitchcock films recently. These are some of the greatest films ever made. Yet, each time I see a film, especially older films that show children or a man that demonstrates his masculinity with his shirt off, I go to IMDB just to check on them. More often than not, all of these stars, including the children, are all deceased. Films are simple reminders that we live, grow old and eventually die. The action heroes of our time are growing old. Once teen idols are old men and women. Dang Sean Connery is 83 now! Can you imagine that Ferris Bueller (in Matthew Broderick) is over 50! I still have my good looks like actors my age such as Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt, but I know we will all be looking pretty old soon… and many will be listed on that solemn segment at the academy award ceremony when all the actors who passed away in the last year are remembered.