Time is a bastard.

Time is a bastard. We lose people, we lose heroes and influences, people close to us across a spectrum. 2016 has been a giant honking reaper-fest for a lot of us.

David Bowie | Alan Rickman | Carrie Fisher | Garry Shandling | Prince

When you lose someone you might never have met it can feel odd, awkward even. They touched your life, changed it in ways they’d never know, and contributed to who you are and who you will be. Each one of them helped shape you, and you will help shape people in your own life.

Patty Duke | Mohamed Ali | Anton Yelchin | Gene Wilder | Florence Henderson

A lot of people will be snide, telling you “People die every year.” They’ll say “Just wait for next year.” and sure, that’s true, too. But it isn’t helpful. These losses are real, for you, me, and everyone else whose life was touched by them and their actions.

Ron Glass | Zsa Zsa Gabor | Alan Thicke | John Glenn | Maurice White

It’d be impossible to break down this list (this partial list, mind you) and go into great detail for how each one of these names loomed larger than they could ever know. We will carry them with us forever. Their work changed lives. Our lives. Hard to get more personal than that. They showed us strength, wit, wisdom, ways to get through hardship, and so much more.

Harper Lee | Merle Haggard | George Michael | Gary Marshall | Leonard Cohen

So what can we do in the face of this huge stacked loss? We move forward. We do for the world what they did for the world, in large ways and small, whatever and however we can. We continue to shape the world. We fight. We persevere. That doesn’t mean it isn’t heartbreaking, of course. Still. We show the world that we took these lessons and these influences to heart and we become the lights that they helped show us how to be. It won’t be easy, it’s never easy, but we got this. For them, if for nothing else.

By Adam P. Knave

Adam P. Knave wrote this, but you knew that, since this is his site. That’s kinda how it works.

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