Heaven is Here.
"Life is good," I was thinking.
Angie was in Thailand for two weeks to learn traditional Thai massage and
I flew up one weekend to visit her. That's right, she's learning Thai
Anyway, we'd had a good dinner with some Thai friends at the Hard Rock Cafe, and we'd had a good nights' sleep. I was lounging on the Thai sofa. That's when I picked up the newspaper and read that Michael Hutchence had hung himself in a similarly excellent hotel in Sydney, the day before.
In case you don't know him, Michael Hutchence was the vocalist for the Aussie rock group INXS. He was handsome, talented, famous, probably rich, and evidently for at least one night, depressed. Depressed enough to kill himself in a hotel that many people would kill themselves to get into.
I have to admit that I don't understand this. Life is so amazing, that I can't, even for a second, imagine ending it intentionally. There has never been a day in my life where I haven't seen something that made me smile, laugh, and shake my head.
Sometimes it's an old woman's' smile. Other times a dog chasing its' tail, a great song, or a gecko shimmying up my wall. Usually it's five or so minutes with some person who shows me something new about life.
In fact, last year I wrote a song about this.
So, I don't understand why he did it. Why does anyone do it?
Maybe they've seen it all. Done it all. Tasted it all.
Probably they were just disconnected.
He saw many things that we all dream of seeing. Maybe it had become
white noise to him.
So my message for Christmas and the New Year is: Reconnect.
Reconnect with friends. With enemies (they're always good for a
laugh). With nature.
Because I know.