"Sitting there at that moment I thought of something else Shakespeare said. He said, “Hey… life is pretty stupid; with lots of hubbub to keep you busy, but not really amounting to much." Of course, I’m paraphrasing: “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” - Harris K. Telemacher, LA Story
I love this movie, and listening to Steve Martin speak this line always struck a chord in me. Life is chaotic and tumultuous, sometimes beautiful, occasionally brutal, intermittently dull. As much as we shun predictability in our youth, the repetitive nature of each day can be soothing, lulling us into a feeling of security or confidence. Life also has a way of disrupting this rhythm, punctuating the ebb and flow with events of great magnitude, forcing us into changing course, shifting our perception, and even redefining who we are. Some are bright and happy, and of our own making, such as getting married, the birth of a child, climbing a mountain, or changing your citizenship. Others are darker, unexpected and unimaginable.
One such episode was bestowed upon me last November in the form of a heart attack, so powerful it almost ended my story. No warning. No explanation. In an instant, all I took for granted was turned upside down, as if a rug had been pulled out from under me.
Thanks to an amazing medical team, and my own generally good state of health, I am still here today. My lack of invincibility, and the sheer beauty of this life, have never eluded me, but now seem magnified. The sheer pleasure of holding my family close, the pride and joy of watching my daughters play, learn and grow, the promise of climbing more mountains, pursuing my photographic dreams, and smiling while doing it all, is overwhelming.
Life may be a tale told by an idiot, with lots of hubbub to keep you busy, but that is what makes it so interesting and rewarding. While we cannot control, or foresee, all that comes our way, we can choose what we make of it. Enjoy every minute, bask in the positives, learn from the negatives. Adapt. Shift. Redefine.