The older I get, the more I realize how naive I was believing that the people who entertained me would always be around. Of course, they would. Death was never on the radar. People who made me laugh would always be there to elicit chuckles. People whose songs I sang (very off-key) would always be around to write new ones. Same with authors and screenwriters. And of course, the people on TV and in the movies would always be making new ones.
Death constantly reminds us that it is an inescapable part of life.
Every time we reported a passing this year at Reel 360 News, it affected us. Some more than others. But there was always a conversation about them. The team held our own private memorial. Sometimes a brief text would suffice. Other times, the death was worthy of a call.
The conversation always began with a “How?” and then coursed its way into a reflection of our own mortality.
If it was a musician, we said, “Oh they probably partied really hard, they did it to themselves.” If it was someone in their 90s, we said, “Well, they led a long life.” If it was someone who died of cancer or a heart attack, then we started thinking, “Maybe it’s time to put the Cinnabon down and get to the doctor for a physical.”
And if the person who died was your age, we immediately dropped to our ailing knees and started praying to God, the Universe, or whoever is out there listening.
Actress Anne Heche died tragically in a car crash. And speaking of tragedy, there were way too many rappers who died by a bullet including Takeoff, PnB Rock, Trouble, Archie Eversole and Snootie Wild.
What will we do without Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath? How will we laugh without Gilbert Gottfried? How will we dance and smile without tWitch?
We will. We will go on. That’s what life is all about. We learn to embrace the time the deceased spent with us and the gifts they gave us.
So thank you for the songs. Thank you for the laughs. Thank you for the inspiration. And thank you for you.
At Reel 360 News, we don’t mourn their passing. Instead, we celebrate who they were and still are, as their contributions will live on in our hearts and memories. Each one below is truly Resting in Power and resting in a little place in our hearts:
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As Olivia Newton-John sang in Grease, we are hopelessly devoted to them. Happy New Year from the Reel 360News team.