A Less Complicated Life – Yes, I read the obituaries. Enter that sentence in a google search and see what comes up. There is a link to “Want to have the last word?” I love it.
Interesting to see the number of people searching for a fulfilling life, happiness vs. fulfillment, and while I was searching, I wondered how many people are looking online for a Therapist, so I entered “Where is my Therapist” to be funny and came up with all kinds of issues related to Therapist, “Does my Therapist like me,” “How do I know if my Therapist likes me,” “What should I have not said to my Therapist” and so on
I am constantly looking for something to laugh about. If you REALLY want a good laugh click on 17+ insanely funny obituaries.
A friend of mine sent a joke from an Irish Facebook group; if you are easily offended, don’t join the group. You will be appalled. Anyhow, it is a laugh-out-loud funny.
I have long suspected the worst (most fun and rowdy ) of me was Irish and Scottish, and the part that wants to take over is from England.
I read the obituaries….I confess, and I always have
Why do I do that? The joke is always to see if my name is there, but that is not why. I lost friends very early in life. I am thinking that is when I began reading the obits.
Today, I look for something interesting, like a large family, where they came from, their journey, how and when they came to America, what kind of work did they do? What church did they attend? What did the family have to say? I think about the era they were born into and why or how they ended up in Ohio.
Sometimes you see more than one obituary for the same individual.
Written by two different family members…..like say the first wife or second wife and or the girlfriend. Or maybe the first set of kids and the second set of kids; it is comical. Or the second wife refuses to acknowledge the first family. Hence, the obituary says there are 4 more adult boys and 3 more adult girls…. You can imagine what the funeral scene must look like. That should be a movie. Now that is complicated.
Was there humor in the obit? A lot of time, the answer is yes. I always say I want my headstone to say, “See, I told you I was sick.” I just want people to laugh.
This morning’s obit section had a name I recalled from Akron, so I thought I should see who the person was. You need to read the whole obituary. You will not be sorry; in fact, it might give you something to think about for the next week or so.
It was an excellent reminder for me.
Life doesn’t have to be complicated; it can be simple and uncomplicated.
I decided to see what other people had to say, why they read the obituaries. I have links to a few good websites on the topic at the bottom of this blog post.
I read obituaries because I hate to think a friend might have passed, and I missed either the funeral or giving thought about them.
When I begin writing or rewriting an old story written years ago, I never look online for what has been said on the topic. I wait until I am either through writing or partway through. I don’t’ want another story to influence what I have to say, my message. That is why when I do a plagiarism search, there isn’t any.
Also, I don’t write for Google ranking; I write for myself. And a reminder, someday, someone will want to know more about you when you are no longer here.
Below are two great songs.
The first is a beautiful instrumental, I hear the guitar telling the story of a great life. Remember, an extraordinary life is what you make it. Sometimes less is more.
A Life Well Lived – beautiful
Next Video – Witchi-Tai-To – Make sure you read the comments under the next music video. Read the comment from 9 years ago, his comment on being in Vietnam, and how the words in this song impacted his survival. (Click the “Watch on YouTube” in the lower-left corner of the video below to read comments.)
Funny, I always looked at Witchi Tai To as Survival.
What to Write About? Writing Prompts
Write about the positive times in life. Remind yourself of the funny things that happen in life, the fulfilling things in life, how you uncomplicated your life.
Something hysterical, see the humor in life. Give thought to the Good Times.
A parent’s job is never done; a grandparent’s job is never done. Tell that story.
As an older parent, you might stop giving unwanted advice. Still, your stories should be something you impart, food for thought, little pieces of the “moral to the story,” a how Mr. or Mrs. ____________ made it through life, stayed married, or gave back.
Why doing the right thing will save you a lot of trouble. Why raising your children “right” and being supportive will help them, and you avoid a lot of misery and long-term damage.