before i die

When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He's written "He dies." That's all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is "He dies." It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with "He dies." And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it's only natural to be sad, but not because of the words "He dies." but because of the life we saw prior to the words.

Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.

~Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

1. See fireflies.
2. Ride in a hot air balloon.
3. Publish a novel.
4. Dance on bubble wrap.
5. Fall in love, get married, & raise a family.
6. Steal away to Ireland (and Scotland... and London... and Australia...)
7. Ride a motorcycle.
8. Go to an Owl City concert.
9. Own a typewriter.
10. Make Mason jar candles.
11. Watch my brother play a football game in a stadium at night.
12. Visit New York City.
13. Meet Celtic Thunder.
14. Dye my hair red.
15. Write an 100,000 word long novel.
16. See the ocean.

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