Wow, Anthony Bourdain. A personal hero of mine.
He wasn’t just a chef, writer, host, and raconteur. He was a philosopher who brought people together through food and drink. He made people from the farthest reaches of the world laugh and commiserate, helping us understand that under all the BS, we are the same. Conflicts are because of governments and religion, but people are people and we are all on this ride together and suffer the same fears and bathe in the same loves.
The shocking thing about his passing was that it was a suicide. A great man, who taught us so much, lived for his young daughter and girlfriend, and seemingly had it all, took his own life.
We can say, “If you are struggling, reach out, get help, don’t do it.” But what we really need to do is reach out to people and be good to each other. If there is someone you love and do not see very often, call them and tell them you love them. Reach out to a stranger and do something nice. Take a moment to understand that the thing that just happened to you wasn’t an act of evil, but a mistake. It didn’t happen ‘to you’. it just happened, don’t go to anger, don’t take it personally.
Let the people in your world know you care, you never know who is suffering.
“Your body isn’t a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” -Anthony Bourdain
R.I.P. my friend