These words spoken by Anthony Bourdain may be difficult to swallow. It may not be easy to accept this as truth, humbling ourselves enough to let it fully sink in. These words are just another reminder of why Anthony Bourdain was once compared to an “open vein.” He was raw, pulsing with a passion and vulnerability not at all hidden or covered up. He very intentionally exposed what lied beneath the surface of certain pleasantries, be it decadent food, or in worldly pursuits. I was devastated by the news of his death. He will surely be missed.
This was the life of Anthony Bourdain; he struggled with addiction, financial debt, and other societal afflictions, but still found success through determination that peaked much later in his life. Along the way, he stayed true to who he was and overcame adversity. His life is the perfect metaphor for where we stand today as a country, and, as a people.
At the beginning of the year, I wrote this for your yearly horoscopes:
“2018 comes with a heavy-hand. We no longer have the luxury of skirting our responsibilities, repressing our truth, or sticking with comfort. We are all being challenged to tear down walls, break down barriers, and throw out what is outworn and un-evolved.
Whether for racial justice, government corruption, or personal rebellion, this year will force each of us to commit to the lives we dare to dream, and the values we wish to cultivate in a shared humanity. This year will be dense - I promise. The only way to end it on a successful note will be to show up as you are called, fearless, unwavering, and maybe even a little radical. Our way of life is currently on notice. Time to change, or be changed.”
If you feel like this year has been one of hard knocks, you would be correct. It will continue. I do not have words of encouragement to offer then, just real truth. Take it in. Absorb it. Let it settle. Sit with it. Accept it. Embrace it. Be humbled by it. Ride side by side with it until you are far off into a distant sunset that lights the way to a life filled with more meaning, more wisdom, and more enlightenment. You will be transformed.
Check your horoscopes to see what’s in store this week ahead, and don’t forget to read for your Ascendant sign too.