Change of an Era, July 13, 2009

Changing of the guard turns into a change of an era

Monday July 13, 2009

Usually when a person dies there is a small gap that appears, a hole of sorts that the person’s existence used to fill. A few of these over long periods of time are not impactful to a person’s life (as long as the person wasn’t within the inner circle for them). But, sometimes a string of people will die and create a noticeable gap. Sometimes the gap feels so big it feels as if instead of a small adjustment or minor shift a huge change is underway.

This past year has been a tough year in my perception of the way of life and the world until now. With the number of talented people who have died over the past year it really feels like a shift in life as I know it. From the movies to climbing, big stars, major players, familiar faces and fixtures in my life are gone. poof. Of course I’m sad and a bit disheartened but mostly I am filled with curiousity for what is to come. Who will fill the mighty shoes these people left behind? These people are legends or legendary in their own right. They lived tall and touched many. My life will be different without them, even those that never knew me. This is what I imagine getting older is all about. The recognition of life’s treasures and a profound respect for what you have today. Maybe even a bit of humility to embrace the ever constant change. Talents come and go, legends are made once in a lifetime, everyone touches someone and voids from the past are morphed into something new. I will enjoy watching the rest of my time here unfold, wave after wave, and remain ever curious to the shifts that will continue to come.

Heath Ledger, George Carlin, Bernie Mac, Michael Crichten, Paul Newman, Paul Harvey,David Carradine, Ed McMann, Farah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, John Bachar, Micah Dash, Johnny Copp, and Wade Johnson.

–Terry Jack “Seasons in the Sun”-1974

goodbye to you my trusted friend
weve known each other since we
were nine or ten
together weve climbed hills and trees
learned of love and abcs
skinned our hearts and
skinned our knees

goodbye my friend its hard to die
when all the birds are singing
in the sky
now that spring is in the air
pretty girls are everywhere
think of me and ill be there

we had joy we had fun we had
seasons in the sun
but the hills that we climbed were
just seasons out of time

goodbye papa please pray for me
i was the black sheep of the family
you tried to teach me right from wrong
too much wine and too much song
wonder how i got along

goodbye papa its hard to die
when all the birds are singing in the sky
now that the spring is in the air
little children everywhere
when you see them ill be there

we had joy we had fun we had
seasons in the sun
but the wine and the song like the
seasons have all gone
we had joy we had fun we had
seasons in the sun
but the wine and the song like
the seasons have all gone, yeah

goodbye michelle my little one
you gave me love and helped
me find the sun
and every time that i was down
you would always come around
and get my feet back on
the ground

goodbye michelle its hard to die
when all the birds are singing in
the sky
now that the spring is in the air
with the flowers everywhere
i wish that we could both be there

we had joy we had fun we had
seasons in the sun
but the stars we could reach
were just starfish on the beach

About Audrey Sniezek

Audrey Sniezek is a rock climbing athlete, climbing coach, computer software/technology enthusiast and occasional enjoys baking, cooking and fine wine.
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