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4 Apr 2013 / Julie

Roger Ebert and the importance of living

Two days ago Rodger Ebert wrote “A Leave of Presence” announcing that he was going to change some things about how he worked (and how often).

“What in the world is a leave of presence? It means I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”

He wrote that he is going to be focusing on what’s important to him. He talks about his new web presence and it’s “exciting new features” that will launch “April 9th.” He mentions things will happen that “will enable me to continue as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, and roll out other projects under the Ebert brand in the coming year.”

The man had plans.

Today, he is also dead. (NYT article)

lesson #1

DO IT NOW. No, seriously- NOW.

Make plans and dream like you’ll get 150 years on this earth. But do it knowing that you might not even get tomorrow. (but remember to sleep, and don’t panic that you won’t get the time you want. a hard balance, i know.)

lesson #2

SPEND NO TIME ON THINGS THAT DON’T MAKE YOUR HEART CRY OUT IN HAPPINESS.

and I mean WEEP WITH JOY. Think INTERNAL CONFETTI CANNONS OF GLEE. Like, I want your insides to be as happy as this kid (vid) or as awesome as this kid (vid) or as smile-y as this little fuzzy dude (pic).

Go, live. I love you all.

 

 

 

 

(ps – read his tweets. hilarious. and his New Yorker Caption Contest Entries.)

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