Writing Without Regrets

It has been brought home to me of late the fragility of life and how little time we actually have in this world.

A few weeks ago, my only remaining grandparent, my dad’s mom, passed away at the age of 81.

Last night, one of my best friend’s grandma’s was given less than 48 hours to live.

Working in the medical field, death is something I see almost every day. In the past six months, at least two dozen of the people I treated as a physical therapist in the hospital passed away, many of whom I’d gotten to know.

Dwelling on death can be crippling, but it’s also made me realize I shouldn’t have any regrets. Eighty-one seems young to me, since I see many people live far past that age. On the other hand, I’ve known too many people who’ve passed far short of that age.

I’ve decided to take on a new stance regarding my writing due to all this personal experience with death lately: I shall not regret a word I’ve written, good or bad, positive or negative. Every bit of my writing has shaped me into the creative artist I am today.

What about you? Do you regret anything you’ve written?

Happy writing, my friends.

 

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

My Gilbert Is Gone

Anne and Gilbert

I was surprised I didn’t see this more on WP, but maybe I just wasn’t online when this happened.

Jonathan Crombie, probably best known for playing Gilbert Blythe in the “Anne of Green Gables” movies, died on April 15th, at age 48, from a brain hemorrhage. Did anybody else know about this? I only found out a couple days ago, even though this happened last week.

Death happens. I understand that. I write death frequently. I see it all the time in my job. While I’m always affected by death, I do have to have a bit of mental anesthesia to get through seeing and facing death so often.

But this hit me hard. If you remember from this post a year-ish ago, you’ll recall that Gilbert Blythe is my favorite literary hero ever. EVER!

The TV movies came out when I was only a year or two old, but I watched them incessantly in the 90s, and I still watch them. L.M. Montgomery, who wrote the “Anne of Green Gables” books, has been the most influential author of my life. I fell in love with her characters, as well as with the actors who portrayed them on-screen.

Jonathan Crombie will always be Gilbert Blythe to me. I feel terrible for his family and friends. He was so much more than his Gilbert character, and it makes me sad that so few people know of his talent.

RIP Jonathan Crombie.