In which I memorialize Ray Bradbury, because it is relevant to the end goal.
While the blogosphere, and Facebook, have erupted into shouts of despair over the recent passing of the one and only Ray Bradbury, I find myself sitting here elated. Of course not elated that his life has ended (sadism is not my thing! Now masochism on the other hand………..just kidding); rather elated that he lived such a long (91-years guys, come on now), rich life. Death is all about life, and Ray Bradbury lived his life and shared it with the rest of us. Isn’t that something to celebrate?
A common theme in so many of Ray’s works has been the very state of being alive – the act of living beyond existence, loving beyond life, and challenging the limitations of one’s own self-honesty as well as the hand one’s dealt. It is in this spirit that I share one of my favorite nuggets of wisdom from him. In From Beyond 1984: The People Machines, he wrote:
“People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better.”
Better. The battle for BETTER.
That is what we are put on this earth for. That is why we have our faculties, that is why we are present in this present. I’ve always said, the one valuable thing death teaches you is that life is but a brief, terrible moment of beauty, and wonder, in which you move in the world, and the world moves in YOU. So go make yourself better fit for your life and for this world – not just physically, but mentally, and emotionally as well. Confront your confusions, embrace your afflictions, live, love, create. Be happy. “Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world.” Look your goals, and your morals, in the eye and own them. Stop over-thinking, it is “the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy.” Be confident. Or find confidence. Whichever you have/need/comes first. Strive to be honest, even if it’s just with yourself, because you will see that it carries over. Know that if you hide your ignorance, you will never be better. “Recreate the world in your own image and make it better for your having been here.”
Remember: “You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
So pick up your weights, practice your self-control, go on that run, take care of your body, love yourself, love your lovers, give, and take, and move, and do, practice what you preach, and live, live, live. Always or until always ends.
Thank you for the kind words, the motivation, and the beautiful stories, Mr. Bradbury. You have now “made landfall on another star system.” You are immortal.