I read this fascinating interview in Esquire about Woody Allen and this quote really struck me:
It’s just an accident that we happen to be on earth, enjoying our silly little moments, distracting ourselves as often as possible so we don’t have to really face up to the fact that, you know, we’re just temporary people with a very short time in a universe that will eventually be completely gone. And everything that you value, whether it’s Shakespeare, Beethoven, da Vinci, or whatever, will be gone. The earth will be gone. The sun will be gone. There’ll be nothing. The best you can do to get through life is distraction. Love works as a distraction. And work works as a distraction. You can distract yourself a billion different ways. But the key is to distract yourself.
And it really hit me.
Grandma died a day before my birthday last year and as that anniversary approaches I am reflecting on what it really means.
I believe in a higher power. It’s impossible to deny once you’ve stepped into the ocean and let the waves tumble you around.
But maybe the light we see when we are dying isn’t the light of being reborn. And someday, this world is going to end. Not just for me, and you but for everyone. Our star will burn out, our solar system will be another small blink in the history of time. Maybe we don’t even exist at all and this is just an imagination. The matrix, if you will.
Maybe I should distract myself.