The Time of Your Life

The idea is to die young as late as possible.
~Ashley Montagu

The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive - perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


1 comment:

  1. I don't know about you guys, but I'm still waiting to grow up. Though I have become old enough now to become wise. I'm still waiting on that score too.

    But how human! To be turning on this existential merry go round hoping to grow up AND be wise WITHOUT losing any of your childish wonder in things. You don't want to be too square and you may not want to walk on the wild side (at least not any more.) You may want to offer the picture of distinguished rectitude while simultaneously offering the humanity to smile at a needy stranger. You may want to be high, you may want to be low. You may wish to pass unnoticed through the crowd while simultaneously arousing respect and some admiration from strangers. (Is there anything more superficial than the impressions strangers have of one another on the street?)

    Yes, life may be a picnic. But you have to choose where you lay out your picnic blanket. (That was supposed to sound wise, but it didn't go very well. I still have to work on that kind of stuff. Though for now I'll take a place at the bar.)