Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away earlier today, he was in his mid 40's.
For me, it's a reminder of how fragile our bodies can be. We think we know what's going to happen, what our limits may be, but there's no telling what the future may hold. They say the future is in our hands, but I disagree. We can shape what our future may be, but there's no way to fully control it.
Death scares me. Some times I think about it and get shivers down my spine, that unusual feeling of emptiness when I think about what might happen. I don't want to know what's on the other side, if indeed there is one, because where I am now is exactly where I want to be. I don't want to leave this world the way it is now, there's a lot of things I'm yet to accomplish, places I haven't been yet. I hope, to some degree, I can hang around for a long time yet.
On another point, it's not always easy to understand what anyone may be going through, but the fact remains that we all have our own ways in dealing with life itself. Sometimes it gets us into trouble, other times much worse. I know a lot of you who read this have days where everything feels like it's against you, no matter what you try to do. I want you to know that failure shouldn't be a word on your mind. We may make mistakes or do something wrong, but that isn't failure. Failure is only if you've exhausted every possible situation or tried everything that's available to you but nothing comes of it, and even then that isn't failure at all. Because every little step you take, no matter how small, is an element of success.
We all set goals, wants and needs, dreams. They can all be attained, maybe not the way you initially envision, but it can happen. Patience is a virtue, after all.