Gene Simmons made some very crude and callous remarks about depression- which he has since apologized for (link)- but in the midst of these comments he touched on something that has long interested me:
“My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear about ‘the world as a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life.”
I’d love to ask her, “How do you do that?” How does someone literally lose not just everything but everybody, and find a way to bounce back?
There have been many books written and movies filmed about the Holocaust, but they typically end when the gates are opened. They’re leaving out the really inspiring part: what happened next.
Wavy Gravy (aka Hugh Romney) is one of my favorite and most admired people. He never gave up, he never gave in, he never burned out; how many 60s icons can you say that about?
He has a wonderful, inspirational autobiography, Something Good For A Change, and is associated with two charities that I contribute to regularly: Camp WinnaRainbow and Seva.
I just ordered his movie today. Doesn’t it look wonderful? (I’ll keep you posted.)
“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.” ~JRR Martin (source)
If you like that, you’ll love this: Link
My favorite Catholic saint is Jesus’ step-father, Saint Joseph. He didn’t go out and do wonderful things, exactly; he just stayed cool when things got weird.
I think that’s what the world needs right now.
Tony Posnanski has written a nice little essay about Richard Simmons that was published on the Huffington Post. You can read it HERE.
I’ve always admired Richard Simmons. He had to have a lot of internal strength, and he had to have a lot of love for people, to have put himself out there like that.