Before we move forward, I think that it’s important that we remember those who inspired us with their talent, whether that’s music or TV or movies. Now, obviously a lot of people won’t be on here, But I’m going to do a majority of my favorites. Here we go:
Alan Rickman: “I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.”
Glenn Frey: “We set out to become a band for our time. But sometimes if you do a good-enough job, you become a band for all time.”
Joe Alaskey: “HA! you never catch the rabbit being this heroic!” (From him as Daffy Duck)
Erik Bauersfeld: “It’s a trap!”
Morley Safer: “What does it say about us that people who are considered defective are instinctively caring and compassionate?”
Muhammad Ali: “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”
Anton Yelchin: “I want things to be characters and not me. Why would I want to play me?”
Ralph Stanley: “I’m thankful that I have lived long enough to become a legend, and I hope I deserve it.”
Elie Wiesel: “I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I’ve been closer to him for that reason.”
Kenny Baker: “They don’t always use dwarfs, unfortunately. They shouldn’t be allowed to do that! How dare they do ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and not have dwarfs!”
Gene Wilder (Because I deeply enjoyed his work, he gets four. Get over it): “I never used to believe in fate. I used to think you make your own life, and then you call it fate.”
“All right, you win. You win. I give. I’ll say it. I’ll say it. I’ll say it. DESTINY! DESTINY! NO ESCAPING THAT FOR ME! DESTINY! DESTINY! NO ESCAPING THAT FOR ME!”
“The suspense is terrible… I hope it’ll last.”
“What did you expect? “Welcome, sonny”? “Make yourself at home”? “Marry my daughter”? You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.”
John Glenn: “There is still no cure for the common birthday.”
Carrie Fisher: “I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.”
Debbie Reynolds: “I gave it all that I had, and it’s gratifying that others seem to be receiving it so well.”
William Christopher: (an exchange with Col. Potter)
“Father Mulcahy: Colonel, an ambulance has turned over in the compound, you better come on the double.
Col. Potter: Anybody hurt?
Father Mulcahy: Well, the driver’s a bit shaken-up, but he’ll be all right.
Col. Potter: No-one else inside?
Father Mulcahy: No.
Col. Potter: Thank God.
Father Mulcahy: I already did.”
These men and women meant so much to us. They inspired our movements, our passions, our humor. They lived in and for the moment of each day of their lives. And, as I am sure many of you are, as you mourn your personal loved ones lost in the absolutely GARBAGE year, remember this: The world continues to turn, God continues to love and comfort you regardless of your beliefs, and your life is worth living just as these people above had. Meet 2017 head on, with a resolve and a determination that could only come from perseverance. Keep your chin up, fight back against the injustice you see, speak up for those who need it, and live life with humor and energy sometimes only found in movies.
Your life is your own. How will you use it?
(For just this point alone, I’m going to post a couple of links to videos you should watch)
Happy new year!