It’s amazing how many films, books, TV shows, etc. intertwine death within their story lines. I remember thinking this right after my mothers death. How can it be thrown around with such ease? Before, death was sad and unfortunate. Now it’s a life-changing reality. Until you’ve been touched by death, it’s hard to understand how it actually changes you. I know I didn’t before.
I just watched the film ‘Tree of Life’. At first I thought it was too slow and almost shut it off and took it back to Red Box. I didn’t have time for this. But I’m glad I watched it to the end as it brought up some thoughts and feelings I haven’t had for a while. You see how death is a part of life in the film: something to live with and figure out how to move on. And it’s true.
Though I struggle to understand why we live to experience such grief? Is life really just about love and loss? Is it that simple? I almost want to say yes. Now more than ever the piercing sharpness of what is important to me has revealed itself. Love, family, friends…everything else seems secondary.