Keep on…don’t stop ’till you get enough…
June 26, 2009 § 1 Comment
Neda Agha-Soltan. Farrah Fawcett. Michael Jackson.
These people have left this Earth within the past 5-6 days. People who died before, what many believe to be, their time. What it is really is that many of us were not ready to part with their souls, their personalities, their smiles and inspiration. And now, in my 23 years of life, I am left to ponder the mortality of life and accept its inevitability.
When you are in school, for many of us, you feel invincible and you completely forget about the fact that one day you will die. Not you might. Not you probably will. No, you will die. You will leave this Earth in spirit, mind and living body. And sometimes, that is a ridiculously frightening thought. If nothing else, it is extremely sobering.
Besides all of those feelings, I am left asking myself — “what do I want people to remember about me when I leave this Earth?”. I have no control whatsoever when I am going to leave but I do have control of how I live my life each and every single day.
So I am writing this here, so it is written down someplace so that if anyone ever comes upon it, they can determine whether or not I lived my life to my standard of the fullest. I want to live my life….
With integrity — being honest even if sometimes it sucks to do so
With empathy — reaching out to people, caring, and putting myself in someone else’s shoes to understand them regardless of who they act or who they may be
With vivacity — living my days with energy and spreading that energy to others to hopefully uplift and even inspire them
I want to be remembered best as the Jack Kerouac quote listed below….I do not have any better way to put this. I want to live as Michael Jackson’s song “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough” describes…..just keep going, living, breathing and enjoying life to the fullest…regardless of what obstacles seem to stand in your way, until you get enough. And I believe that you only get enough when you feel that your whole being is bursting with energy and you are literally beaming with life and light. I pray that Neda, Farrah and Michael are fully beaming with light right now and I thank God for their existences and their deaths. Their existences touched the lives of the people that loved them and so many more and their deaths have inspired so many of us to live for the moment and fight for life and happiness. Lord knows happiness and BEING alive don’t just happen….you fight for it to hold on to it in this over-cynical world. I am humbled and simultaneously inspired by their accomplishments and how many lives they have and will continue to touch.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
Neda Agha-Soltan — 1982-2009
Farrah Fawcett — 1947 – 2009
Michael Jackson — 1958-2009