It's hard to believe that Patrick Swayze has passed away at the age of 57 to cancer.
It's been a weird year of celebrity deaths because there seems like so many, with such a variety of names, surprises, and reasons for why those who have gone have passed.
Swayze's death is particularly odd because it was caused by pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed in January 2008.
My wife have been catching up on Season 5 of House, and on medical TV the majority of time people are cured. Yet certain diseases are not about amazing cures, but their fights that sometimes can't be won.
Swayze had admitted that part of his cancer may have come from smoking, but his condition is hardly connected to the Hollywood lifestyle, and he certainly had modern medicine at his exposure.
His death should remind us of our own humanity.
In the film Ghost, one of the major themes is Swayze's character's inability to say "I love you," rather responding in a non-emotional "ditto" to his girlfriend (played be Demi Moore). When Swayze's character (Sam Wheat) dies suddenly, it is in part this failure to communicate his love clearly that leaves him with unfinished business, leaving him as a ghost.
Yet, the reality is, not only are we human, we also won't get the chance to make sensual clay pots to the tune of "Unchained Memory" when we die.
There be many ways to die, but there are also many ways to live. Live well.
May Patrick's family and friends find peace in this time.