A poignant life story from John Ratliff:
A recent production value of summer theater group’s matinee performance of the heart-warming musical, Tuck Everlasting, rivaled that of the original broadway show. The young cast burst forth from the stage with incredible energy, joining forces with the professional orchestra pit and absolutely enchanting set to cast a magical spell on the audience which lasted the entire two hours.
“Best show I’ve ever seen,” Marie said, wiping a tear from her eye as we shuffled out.
The stage adaptation of Natalie Babbit’s brilliant novel gracefully deals with the subjects of love, loss, family, greed and improbable possibility of immortality.
I was 27 when I got the diagnosis; testicular cancer. Looking back now, over a quarter of a century later, I realize that before my diagnosis I was under the false impression I had all the time in the world. Being forced to face my own mortality changed everything for me. Armed with the knowledge we are all living on borrowed time, I was able to lightheartedly reinvent myself, resign my cushy corporate job, and plunge into the unknown world of entrepreneurship. Time and again I have listened to my gut and done the exact opposite of what, from the outside, seemed like the smart move. I haven’t regretted it once. Facing death gave me the courage to take the road less traveled. Mr. Frost was absolutely correct, it has made all the difference.
“Oh very young, what will you leave us this time
You’re only dancin’ on this earth for a short while
And though your dreams may toss and turn you now
They will vanish away like your dad’s best jeans
Denim blue, faded up to the sky
And though you want them to last forever
You know they never will
(You know they never will)
And the patches make the goodbye harder still.” – Cat Stevens
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