Every year seems to be worse for losing people and celebrities we look up to. Many of our childhood heroes, people who made massive contributions to society, actors, musicians, authors – the list goes on. It’s really just a part of growing up and realising, no, Princess Leia is not immortal. That doesn’t make it any easier, however.
It’s an odd concept – mourning someone you’ve never met. Yet the death of what is essentially a stranger still elicits a strong emotional response. It’s all too easy to get bogged down in despondency – not only is it devastating to think of someone who means a lot to you (for whatever reason) dying, but it’s also a reminder of our own mortality.
The last year really hit hard in so many ways. I’m sure you’ll all know what I’m talking about. It might seem dispiriting, – and for some people, downright discouraging – but it’s an unfortunate truth. Something to take away from the shock of constant sad notifications is to not obsess over life and death (and emptiness – I guess). To realise the importance of making the most of your life; of leaving the world having done your best to be kind.
This year ahead may or may not contain as many celebrity death headlines as 2016 did. It’ll be okay, though. You just need to remember the dead and live your life the best way you can.
Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for caring about the death of a stranger. Their life still had an impact on yours and you have every right to be sad about it. And finally, let’s make 2017 a more positive, caring and successful year.