Keep Creating: The 2016 Eulogy

2016

With two days left in in 2016, surely most of us are peaking over the smoldering rubble of the seemly endless stream of deaths and defeats. From an extreme basis, maybe we are wrapping ourselves or asking to wrap some celebrities who we are think are on the brink in bubble wrap until the ball drops. When you speak of loss, the validity of the impact differs from person to person.

Take a glance at who left us: David Bowie, George Michael, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones, Muhammad Ali, Phife Dawg Alan Thicke, Craig Sager, and recently, Carrie Fisher. A lot of these losses are people who are created once in a lifetime. The things they have given us whether it be their gifts or energy, will probably never be replicated again.

We are forever connected to the matrix of cell phones and breaking news alerts that seem to amplify and intensify any sense of tragedy. That tends to have a “pac-mac” effect on anything good that we have received. The truth is, death is an inevitability. It’s a shock because these figures were particularly young and also, we give our heroes a sort of immortality. The only sense of immortality are the things you leave behind and the people that you left love with.

Sometimes the wins don’t have to be astronomical. Sometimes they can be simple things as “I didn’t hit any red lights on the way home.” Think about it, maybe you finally asked out that person you always wanted to. Perhaps you bought a house or reconnected with a lost friend. If you look at all the people we lost this year, the one lesson we can see is to leave the world in a better place than you left it. These individuals set the world on fire within being themselves in a loving and unapologetic way. The way you feel when you listen to a Prince song or watching a movie with Alan Rickman – that euphoria, carry that into 2017 and create. You may inspire one person. Could even be millions of people – but the love is still the same. Take what they did for millions and give that to people you love.

I went to see Rogue One a week ago, and given recent events, the last scene is sadly ironic and perfect at the same time. It’s not Carrie Fisher, but Princess Leia, one of the most memorable, cross-generational A computer generated Princess Leia receives the plans and says “hope.” Just one word, but so meaningful in a time where a black cloud seems to have a permanent seat at the table. Art keeps living and so should you.

Main Photo Credit: Kiplinger

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Author: Murjani Rawls View all posts by
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