I went to a play this week at the Hales Center Theater, to see Tuck Everlasting. If you aren't familiar, I'll give you the cliff notes. Basically a family comes across a spring, drinks the water, which unbeknownst to them causes immortality. They go on living their lives with no change, until they finally realize what must have happened. They continue living on past everyone they love and decide to guard the spring so no one else will experience this misfortune of living forever. While life moves on and continues to change, they are stuck in this perpetual sameness. Cue little miss Winnie Foster, a "good girl" longing for some excitement. She comes across the Tuck family and learns their secret. Well, to a girl of eleven years who has recently lost her father, immortality doesn't sound too bad. The father of the Tuck family has a sweet heart to heart with Winnie, telling her:
"But dying's part of the wheel, right there next to being born. You can't pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest. Being part of the whole thing, that's the blessing."
That's really so much of why I love doing what I do, it's not about pretending to be something, it's about living your life, and having those memories forever. When I asked Kali what she wanted to document that was meaningful to her family, she said they go to Bear Lake every year, glamping at Conestoga Ranch. While they went on enjoying the journey, I was their to capture it for them. Like a little memory in a bottle they can relive over and over.
"You don't have to live forever. You just have to live."
If you think having some of your life documented seems like a good idea, I'm booking for September 2018!