Posted March 26, 2022
“ . . . I was down, and I fell, I fell so fast, dropping like the grains in an hourglass. Never say forever ‘cause nothing lasts. Dancing with the bones of my buried past . . .”
From “DOA” by Foo Fighters
I woke this morning to the news that Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters died in a Columbian hotel room while on tour with the band.
In the five hours since I read the news some alleged details are emerging – or, at least, rumors are floating – as to the cause of death. As of this writing, nothing is confirmed so I won’t repeat them. Regardless of what the facts turn out to be, it won’t make Taylor any less dead.
Taylor was only fifty years old.
Fifty. Years. Old.
It was written by an ancient scribe that “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)
Taylor wasn’t a baby boomer. He was a Gen Xer. Generationally, he was a kid brother to us baby boomer. We thought they should outlive us. That’s what makes Taylor’s passing so hard to take.
It also drives home the point that we are not assured of tomorrow. Heck, we’re not even guaranteed our next breath or heartbeat. Each death should serve as a reminder to all that fact and inspire us to make the most of each breath, heartbeat, each day. As we do, we should savor each moment.
I once wrote in the form of an analogy about how, when we fly commercially, we are told that, if we’re travelling with small children, for us to affix oxygen masks to ourselves first if they were to drop during flight. Only then, are we to help those dependent on us by affixing the oxygen mask to their face.
If we are to help others; if we are to support those dependent on us; if we are to ever hope to make this world a better place while we’re still here, then we need to take care of ourselves. We must pursue good health. We must strive to take as good care of ourselves as we possibly can.
Fill our minds with good things.
Watch less news and watch more things that help us and help us help others in good, wholesome ways.
Drive more safely.
Be more financially responsible.
By doing these things, we can do our small part in helping others and making our world a better place.
Regardless of Taylor Hawkins’ cause of death, choose to remember the good. Remember the music and any good that he has done. Choose to smile, remember, and act.