“I think it’s a really special thing to find love. It’s beautiful. Nothing can match it. But I want to make sure I find other things in life that I love – besides love.”
I was just watching Sunday morning programming on PBS with my seven year old younger brother and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood came on. Some time during the opening of the show when Mr. Rogers sings, my little brother all of a sudden started musing on life and mortality.
(Little Brother) “Mr. Rogers died, didn’t he?”
Being the awkward person that I am. I didn’t really know what to say.
(Little Brother) “You can’t live forever, you know”
(Myself) “That’s true-”
I was actually about to give a mini-speech on how death isn’t a bad thing and how it’s an important part of life and how we shouldn’t be afraid of it, but my little brother interrupted me.
(Little Brother) “-but you can always LIVE for the most of your life.”
He said it just like that, with the emphasis on the word “live”. I’m not even sure he fully understood the depth and significance of what he had said, and maybe I’m looking too deeply into it, but I was left speechless and contemplating on if I had really been living for the most of my life.
The introspection only lasted for a couple of minutes of so. Later on we both marveled at how cool the process of making converse sneakers was. The “Picture Picture” segment is our favorite part of the show!
Anyway, I just thought it was cool that my little brother had such an interesting view on life at his age.
Live for the most of your life.