My friends are joyous and reliable and loving. And, sometimes they die.
I lost my dear friend, Matty P., yesterday. He was energetic, creative, young-at-heart and...young (in his early 50s). He succumbed to pneumonia after weathering cancer, in Florida, during Hurricane Irma!
We used to play on the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline together, and boy did we have a raucous, laughter-filled, musical time! We've stayed in touch ever since- the whole country stretching out between our costal homes.
I'm am heartbroken. And, Matty (in the parlance of Latin languages) is "missing to me." However, Matty's energy lives in me and all of the lives he touched.
This cycle of life and death and energy is deeply important to my creative work. Often cited as "dark," I think it's necessary to include the very real subject of mortality- whether overtly or subtextually. I like to explore loss of life, afterlife, and the passion of living life...even as a comedy writer...especially as a comedy writer.
Sometimes I wonder how, or why, it is that death is such a frequent part of my life. I've lost friends at 96 and at 16 (like most of us have). Though heartbroken, I would never trade the benefits of sharing so much love in life. I'm glad to have the energy of my passed-on friends in my heart...to keep Matty (and all of them) alive in my work.
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