I had wanted to start this project with a few words about how I am both excited and nervous to participate in Slice of Life. Instead, I find myself with a heavy heart and the need to emote. I am reluctant to start my month of Slice of Life with sadness, but sadness is my predominant emotion right now, so I guess I'll just have to go with it.
Why am I so sad? One of the people I most admire passed away on Friday. I did not personally know this person, and yet he had a profound impact on my life. He is considered the greatest influence on both children and adults of my generation in the area of science, and he wasn't even a scientist; he was an actor. He inspired curiosity and wonder, making me think in new directions. He made me want to learn more and accomplish more in school. He was one of the main reasons I elected to leave the comfort of my home school to try for a position in my school district's magnet school program.
Like most young people, when I first became aware of a television character I could identify with, I also set out to find out as much as possible about the actor who brought this character to life.
What I found was that he was more than an accomplished actor; he was an Army Veteran, a social activist, a film director, a poet, a musician, a singer, a photographer. I found he was a person I could look up to and respect.
So in closing for today, I leave you with a quote from the man himself:
"Every life comes to an end when time demands it. Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted."
Rom-halen, Leonard Nimoy. Vu Dvin dor etwal.