Sep 3, 2009

My favorite Ted Kennedy remembrance

"His ability to overcome adversity was stunning to me. I mean, I just--what he went through, and to come back day after day, time after time. He used to say, by the way, you know, with all of our difficulties, he'd say, "Whatever you're worried about today, I promise you, a year from today you won't remember what it is. You'll worry about something else a year from now, but you won't worry about this." And he brought that kind of vitality to his life that I think is critical for every human being, I don't care what you're doing." — Sen Chris Dodd, Meet The Press
A few people have said this to me over the years. It always irritates the hell out of me. Afterwards I always find myself muttering something to the effect that it's easy to deprecate the worries of others — easier to say "our problems don't amount to a hill of beans in this world" when the problems are not yours. It's one of those irritating but true things. I don't know why I picked it really, but I've been looking for a way to pay my respects; maybe realising that he could have been one of those people in my life who say irritating but true things is as good a way as any.

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