As much as I enjoy a good belly laugh, I equally value the benefits of having a good cry. It's funny because I don't cry often so when I do it's almost as if all the tears I should have ever shed in my life are flowing.
Saturday was a lazy day for me. I had earned it after the week I had. So I found myself relaxing on the chaise on my patio reading The Last Lecture. I bought the book before Dr. Pausch died but since I usually have no less than three books on my nightstand at a time, I hadn't had a chance to finish it. Since his passing I was determined to finish it. And I did on Saturday. I didn't shed one tear until I reached the final page ... and then the floodgates opened up in such a way that really startled me. It probably startled my neighbors too ... if they were outside listening from the other side of their fences they might have thought someone was beating me. Seriously, this was no cute, silent, let-the-tears-roll-down-your-face kind of crying. These were gut-wrenching sobs that lasted for a while. But once I was was finished ... I felt really good.
The book was fantastic. It was not about dealing with pancreatic cancer. It wasn't about death. It was about life. How to live your life and the benefit of following one's dreams. It was beautiful. Everyone asks me if I've seen the video ... I haven't. I'm sure I would enjoy it, but I'm a reader and prefer to get my information from the written word.
I also watched the Alicia Keys + Ruby Dee episode of Iconoclasts on Sundance and for some reason seeing the two of them together had me in tears. They were sharing poetry and music and there was just something moving about the whole thing. These women are generations apart but something about the way they interacted felt like they were from the same era. Check it out if you can.