Once a long time ago when a magical place that was both a blessing and a curse, namely, a Borders store that existed here in Puerto Rico, I was intrigued by a book full of life poetry I did not get around to buying because I had already gone over budget with some comics and books I bought at the time. One poem (which I can not recall the name and have searched but have always turned up empty handed) spoke about how one would like to be remembered when we pass on. About how we know everything about our own life and even have documents like birth certificates and achievements, yet we do not know when it's our time to go nor own any document that tells us the date we expire, nor how our lives will be remembered. That poem oddly enough resonated a lot with me with something else a wrestler (off all things, I know, one does not usually think of poetry and wrestling and how the two may converge at some point, but give me the benefit of the doubt, I promise it'll make sense).
I own the DVD of then WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam, "One of a Kind". It features some of his old and classic matches mixed in with his life story and such. At one point he speaks of his trainer when he broke into wrestling, and how he told RVD , how many refer to him, that every single match he participated in will likely be the first match someone sees, or the last match someone sees. That is actually quite a profound statement. There will be things in life someone will see you do for the first time, and there are things someone will see you do for the last time. Really puts many things into perspective, doesn't it?
And that's where I think of the two and it resonates to me. I think of the two and wonder to myself "it would be nice that, among other things, when my life has ended people would think that I always tried my best because I never knew when it was going to be the first or last time someone saw me do something". Like in comics.
I always try to experiment, and within that experiment do my best. Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails. But that's the fun in experimenting and discovering more of yourself. But I always give it my all, because to me, it will be the first time for someone to read it, and will also be the last time someone will read it. And who knows if the last time I will do something, because life is just like that. And in any of those cases, I would like it to be remembered as something I poured my heart and soul into, so that I can look back at the days and years passed by and say to myself that I did in fact left something behind worth remembering and bring about good memories.
Now you good reader, I leave you with this question followed by a quote I found trying to find the aforementioned poem I never found again. How would you like to be remembered?
"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can." -- Danny Kaye
Take care my friends, until next time!
~Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Ortiz Jr