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Forever Young

December 17, 2021

Marilyn Monroe

James Dean
Buddy Holly
Richie Valens

River Phoenix
Heath Ledger

These are people who most of us never knew personally. We watched them. We listened to them. We felt like we knew them because that was what their job was as entertainers.

Our entire experience as with their public personas. We knew them through their music or movies.

These people will never grow old.

Betty White will soon be 100 years old. She’s everyone’s favorite grandma at this point. But, this is what she looked like 80 years ago.

She was one of the young and beautiful at one point in her career. Today, she’s still beautiful, of course, but not the classic sense. We don’t think of this image when we see Betty White. We’ve seen her grow old. And we can’t unsee it.

We will never watch the people at the beginning of this post grow old. Because they died young, they will always be young. And since we only knew them through their public personas, we will always know them as young.

If I’d known I was going to live this long I’d have taken better care of myself.

– Keith Richards

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Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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