I was a fairly impressionable, open emotional sponge at 21 when Dead Poets Society came out in 1989. I’m happy to say that I want to go back and watch that and feel a little of what that film stirred in me way back then, since I’d forgotten how good that movie is. Silly how reading quotes from the dialogue can stir up feeling.
The news about Robin Williams’ death yesterday is a bummer, but look at the wealth of art he left behind. Yes, a documented “troubled mind” behind the mask of comedy and acting, but a seemingly very kind soul. Life, filled with laughter, filled with pain, filled with joy, filled with confusion and unrest. Filled with love and whatever makes you feel whatever you call happiness. Life, quite short, ebbs and flows. Each day an adventure in navigation of your chosen path.
From Dead Poets Society:
“Robert Frost said, “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”
“I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself.”
“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”