To The People I’ve Outlived…

In just a few weeks I’ll be exactly 39.5 years old.

That’s intimidating because it’s scarily close to 40.

But I’m not done yet — in fact, in many ways I feel like I’m just getting started.

For those of you in the same boat, who feel like you’ve not accomplished what you thought you would by this time, relax.

At least you’re here.

For some perspective, here’s a list of celebrities who may have accomplished much, but were gone from the earth before they were my age:

39 Celebrities Gone By Age 39
 
Musicians

Ritchie Valens (17)

Aaliyah (22)

Buddy Holly (22)

The Notorious B.I.G. (24)

Tupac Shakur (25)

Otis Redding (26)

Jimi Hendrix (27)

Janis Joplin (27)

Amy Winehouse (27)

Kurt Cobain (27)

Jim Morrison (27)

Hank Williams (29)

Patsy Cline (30)

Stevie Ray Vaughan (35)

Bob Marley (36)

Actors

River Phoenix (23)

James Dean (24)

Christopher Pettiet (24)

Brad Renfro (25)

Jean Harlow (26)

Anton Yelchin (27)

Brandon Lee (28)

Heath Ledger (28)

Corey Monteith (31)

Brittany Murphy (32)

Bruce Lee (32)

Chris Farley (33)

John Belushi (33)

Jayne Mansfield (34)

Marilyn Monroe (36)

Corey Haim (38)

Poets

John Keats (25)

Percy Bysshe Shelley (29)

Christopher Marlow (29)

Silvia Plath (30)

Royalty

Princess Diana (36)

Others

Joan of Arc (19)

Billy the Kid (21)

Pocahontas (22)

Stephen Crane (28)

Mozart (35)

George Gershwin (38)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (39)

For them (the deceased)

Each of you touched the world in a unique way, allowing your light shine upon a world far too full of darkness.
 
Thank you all.

For us (the living)

Every day is a gift.

This is a good reminder to make use of each one.