“Live your life, live your life, live your life.”
Beloved children’s book illustrator Maurice Sendak — though he insisted he didn’t draw specifically for children — was among the most heartbreaking losses of 2012. His September 2011 NPR Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross is one of the most soul-stirring conversations you’ll ever hear on the airwaves. Indeed, after the inimitable Christoph Niemann first tuned in, he was so moved he decided to illustrate the last five minutes of the interview. The result will stop your breath:
It is a blessing to get old. It is a blessing to find the time to do the things, to read the books, to listen to the music. You know, I don’t think I’m rationalizing anything. I really don’t. This is all inevitable and I have no control over it.
I wish you all good things. Live your life, live your life, live your life.