#2: write a letter to myself to be opened when 1001 days is over
The letter has been printed and sealed - ready to be opened at the end of this adventure. Let the wild rumpus start, indeed!
In the letter are a few thoughts from the late Maurice Sendak in his utterly tender and heartwarming interview with Terry Gross last fall in Fresh Air. He was 83 at the time of the interview and shared his thoughts on the remarkable nature of life - an inspiring perspective from someone who lived so honestly and fully.
"The fragility of life, the irrationality of life, the comedy of life. [...] I wanted to live, as any human being does. [...] I'm not unhappy about becoming old. I'm not unhappy about what must be. It makes me cry only when I see my friends go before me and life is emptied. [...] There's something I'm finding out as I'm aging – that I am in love with the world. [...] It is a blessing to get old. [...] I have nothing but praise now, really, for my life. I'm not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. I cry a lot because they die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more. [...] Oh God, there are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready. [...] I'm a happy old man. [...] I wish you all good things. Live your life, live your life, live your life."
I first listened to this interview in March and was so touched by his reflection and perspective. These words really stuck with me and offer such a lesson on aging with grace. Thank you, Mr. Sendak.
Listen to the original interview here.