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Unpopular opinion time: When a famous actor or entertainer dies and they are over the age of 75 or so, it’s not…

Unpopular opinion time: When a famous actor or entertainer dies and they are over the age of 75 or so, it’s not “fuck you, 2016.” It’s the end of a long and successful life and career, and I’d rather honor their accomplishments.

A 92 year old actress dying isn’t a surprise. She’s not cut down in the prime of her life. She’s won at life, and we need to be glad for what she shared with us.

When I die in my 90’s, I don’t want tears. I want joy at what I’ve created. I want to be respected for all I’ve done and all I continued to do well into my aging years. If disease has taken me, I want interest in fighting that disease that might help younger people with more ahead of them to beat it.

David Bowie’s death this year was tragic. Prince’s death was tragic. Alan Rickman’s was tragic. I loved Leonard Cohen more than all of them put together, but at 82, his death was not “tragic.” It was the natural end of a life lived fully and wonderfully and immersed in creativity.

This year took a lot from us, but we don’t need to add the natural consequence of time to its tally.

Caveat: This is for human lives, not the death-knell of American democracy and human decency.

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