Various actors, rock icons, and other celebrities have died, and I'm like, "Well, that's a bummer," and then I move on.
When my friend Julie stopped by my office this morning and let me know that Prince died, I didn't really say much. Sometimes death comes as a shock, and I think I was in a state of shock. I went through the rest of my day doing what I do as a counselor working with little ones.
After school it seemed to hit me all at once. My high school crush died. Yep, I had a big time crush on Prince. I still remember the night a group of girlfriends watched the movie, "Purple Rain" together and we swooned over him.
He was mysterious and different. He marched to the beat of his own drum and didn't care. He was kind of a bad boy that you wanted to protect and take care of. That's how Prince came across to me.
And now he's dead.
So finite and so real.
I'm still struggling to put my thoughts together, because this is a strange feeling. It's weird, you know. It feels like the grief one experiences when death comes to a loved one.
And, maybe, Prince was a loved one in a way. He was part of my high school experience. Sure, there are parts that I wouldn't mind forgetting about, but overall, it was pretty amazing.
Maybe it's like getting out the completed puzzle of your youth to put together again. Only this time, there's a piece missing. You look all over the place for it, but you can't find it. It's gone. Even if you grabbed an identical puzzle, found the exact piece, and put it in the missing spot, it wouldn't be the same.
Just as death does, it shows us that life won't ever be the same again. Nostalgia is a funny thing. It makes us a little whimsical, a little sad. And, that's okay.
Now I have a better idea of how others have felt at the loss of an actor, actress, musician, artist, etc. who had an impact on them in some way, shape, or form. I can never say I know exactly how they felt, because we can never truly walk in someone's shoes. Our experiences are our own, but we can give each other a pat on the back, a soulful smile, and say, "It's going to be okay." Because, it will.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.