Recently, one of the stars on the hit show Glee was found dead in a hotel room in Canada. Cory Monteith was 31. Known for his all-around talent in everything from drumming to stage work, it has been a low blow to the fans of the show. Many developed a love for the show and specifically him.
The cause of death is unknown at this point, but he had a history of substance abuse starting at 13 that supposedly ended at 19 with his family staging an intervention. But there’s no staging he could do now, they’ve ended. No second chances, no safety nets. Another actor in the show was madly in love him and has asked for no interviews during her grieving – a good guess is that she’s not going to be the same.
In our lives, we have two choices for how it will end. As Shakespeare said: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances.” And your outlook will determine if this is a great tragedy, or a great comedy. As I see death now, it’s not about you, it’s about what and who you leave behind. You only get one chance to make an impact. But then we see, to harvest this feeling of immorality of people when they make an impact. We easily forget that those we look up to are going to die just like the rest. There’s no quitting the script, no skipping scenes, no re-dos. Our elevated people become gods, but their heels are still human, and they rot as flesh, and die as flesh. Who can stand with no ankles? And just like Achilles, we learn it the hard way.
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