Bowie, Rickman and living life to the full

A quick glance at Twitter this afternoon revealed another shock – coming hot on the heels of the sad news from Monday morning of David Bowie’s death. Alan Rickman is dead.

Snape is dead. The one from Love Actually who was married to Emma Thompson and bought that young woman a necklace is dead.

Both Bowie and Rickman were 69. They both died of cancer.

The news of Rickman’s death is very sad. Coming so soon after Bowie’s it is somehow even sadder. Both deaths have come as such a shock. Two charismatic, enigmatic British stars lost in the same week. How can that be?

Sixty-nine is no age to die. To the kids, it might seem ‘old’, but to those of us in our 40s it really doesn’t seem old at all.

For me, as for many of my generation no doubt, it makes me think of my own parents. My dad is 71 and still with us (thank goodness). My mum is 67 and also still with us (also thank goodness).

But they’re scarily close to 69 and it’s made me think. If two huge stars can die at 69, so can anyone.

We need to make the most of our parents, our children, our siblings and our friends. We need to make the most of ourselves. We need to enjoy life, be happy and be grateful for what we have. We need to take time to be with the people we love and enjoy their company.

Because legends aren’t supposed to die. Legends are supposed to live forever.

And if legends can die, so can any of us.

Let’s live life to the full while we still can.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I love this- losing two of my heroes so young has really made me realise that I should fill my days with more things I enjoy and find time to enjoy the company of my older relatives more than I do. Heartbreaking losing them both. xx

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    • It certainly is heartbreaking! Thanks very much for the comment, it is much appreciated. x

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  2. More sad news. And you are right, it does make us turn our thoughts to our parents. Bowie and my Mum and Dad were all born in the same year, they both turn 69 towards the end of this year. And what you say is right – my Dad got diagnosed with a serious illness when I was 12. He was given 8 years to live – we can safely say he has far outlived his prognosis and I think he would prob say that he has lived his life in a better and fuller fashion because he never knew how long he had left!

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    • It is a scary time of life, yet it feels too early to be worrying! Your dad is amazing! That must have been a tough time for you all. Good for him for making the most of his time.

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  3. It’s such sad news….
    It made me think of my dad too….He’s 68. A while ago when there was a couple of deaths he started to worry about his health and actually went to the doctors for a checkup! He never goes to the doctors so it must have really scared him…..

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    • That’s a definite positive to come out of it! Men are so reluctant to go to the doctors and it would be too easy for them to miss health problems.

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  4. It’s just so so so sad isn’t it? Not long ago a girl from my work passed away with cancer too and my aunts dad suddenly died at 67 from a heart attack. It really does make you realise life is so short and how horrible cancer is. I really hope and pray it stays away from us all xx

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    • Absolutely! Our family has been very lucky where cancer is concerned (touches wood), but we can never count our chickens! It hits so many people and it’s so sad to see families grieving and suffering. x

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  5. I have done the exact same thing this week and thought about my parents both in their mid sixties. Sixty nine is no age at all. x

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    • It really is no age at all, although a friend of mine, who’s a doctor said it is the sort of age when you can expect things to start going wrong. I’d like to think people have at least another 10 years before things start going wrong! x

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  6. I’ve posted similar sentiments today, focussing on grief and personal legacies. When someone famous dies there’s often a sense that something has happened to someone who should somehow be untouchable. If one of the most famous musicians of our time and a storied actor can both succumb to the dreaded C-word before turning 70, it really can happen to us and those we love. It really focusses the mind.

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    • It certainly does! We tend to think these people will live forever (unless they’re of the live fast/ die young variety) – we certainly don’t expect them to die of cancer that nobody even knew they had. It really could happen to anyone 🙁

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  7. My girls were devastated when we heard about Alan Rickman this morning. They have grown up with him via Harry Potter. He leaves behind an amazing legacy and will be remembered forever. 🙁

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    • Most definitely! He played so many roles, but was so well known (and so brilliant) as Snape that an awful lot of kids and teenagers will be devastated.

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  8. Totally agree with your sentiment. My Mom died aged just 66. Cancer can happen to any family x.

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    • It certainly can! That’s a very young age for your mum to die. We’ve been very lucky in our family, although my FIL died in his 40s – I never met him. x

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  9. It’s a weird feeling when someone in the public eye dies isn’t it? And to have two in the same week, particularly odd. It definitely gets you thinking. My parents are definitely getting on now. My dad is 79 and my mum is 72. I don’t think I will ever think of them as ‘old’ though. I’m not ready for them to go but I wonder if we ever will be? The fact is, we will all die at some stage. For some reason it seems more shocking for a 69 year old famous person to die than a 69 year old everyday person like us. Agree with the sentiment, for sure. It’s sad and tragic whoever it is. x x

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    • It certainly is, thanks! 79 is quite old, but hopefully your dad has a fair few years left in him yet. I think my mum was ready for my Granny to die, but only because my Granny was ill and suffering. She was 82. x

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  10. My mum is 69 and my dad turns 69 in March. I don’t think of my parents as old, though I remember when I was younger and my mum was 40 that was ancient then. I agree that we all need to live life to the fullest and spend it with the ones we love and who make us smile xx

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  11. It has certainly made me think about our parent’s generation too, I still have a Grandmother alive so never think it could happen but my Brother in Law just lost his mother and friends have lost their parents.
    My mother is really matter of fact about their mortality and is certainly living life to the full (cycling slowly around the world) she rather morbidly states that they’re in the ‘Death Zone’ so have no time to sit around – I think there must be a post in this actually!!

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