Paul Newman passed away today, may he rest in peace. He was a great film actor, a superstar and a cultural icon. He also carried with him an air of integrity which set him apart from many of his peers.
The passing of Paul Newman makes me feel my mortality a little more than other deaths have done. At Eighty Three, he was not a young man – he has lived a full full life.
But I feel I knew him as a young man, I really do. My earlier years were punctuated by those youthful features and those blue blue eyes. Other famous people have died and their deaths have made me sad but they were always old, weren’t they?
Paul Newman seemed to be young when I was young and now he has become old and passed away from us…
… and I feel my mortality more keenly than I normally do.
Paul Newman was like a child in ‘The Hustler’ in 1961 – and I was just getting ready to be born. If I was there when he was so young, how much time is there left for me?
It’s not morbid to contemplate this, I think it’s good. If there’s laughing and loving and living to be done then now is the time to be doing it – it’s best that we keep that in mind.
So thanks, Paul and God Bless. You’ve thought me some things along the way and now, in dying, you teach me to live a little more.
“Newman's second law: Just when things look darkest, they go black.”
Paul Newman –1925-2008