Sunday, August 29, 2010

Response to video

Before I deleted it, I wrote a post describing the influences of the video. I mentioned the unanswerable questions of beliefs and religion, and I thought a lot about the great beyond. Originally, the video was going to be about a dying girl's conception of Heaven and an afterlife, thoughts and speculations about what's to come. In most ways it doesn't matter whether we're young or old, we're all uncertain about death. Death doesn't just happen a lot of the time, it always happens.

As I continued writing and editing, I realized the story wasn't about death but about being alive for the last time. A long time ago, I heard a radio program about a man who deeply pretended to only have a year to live, and instead of skydiving or traveling the world, he chose to move in with his parents and tried to reconnect with them. I think that's the ultimate way of realizing your priorities, an honest wish list of things to do before it all ends.

Finding and experiencing love, spending time with family and loved ones, and enjoying the simply, subtle things in life; these are the things that I project onto a dieing character.

Life's just one small attempt to rest in peace.

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