You never quite reach the end of the list of things you ought to do. Some lazy days it is hard to even write the words you desperately need to write. I have unfinished business in this life. Not just the need to finish bankruptcy paperwork and finish my transition to poor retired English teacher on a fixed income. Not just the never ending yard work and home maintenance and repair, some of which involves fines from the city for not completing. I still have pictures to paint, cartoons to draw, and stories to tell. That last part of me is probably the most important unfinished business, because it represents the legacy I will leave behind. I know I am only a nobody novelist who has some mediocre art talent. But it is the immortal part of me never-the-less.
I did just finish a book. I reread Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
Here’s my Goodreads Review; Five Stars
Fiction as great art doesn’t get any more magical and soul-restoring than this book, perhaps the best that Mitch Albom ever wrote, and that’s saying a lot. The last line of this book is worth all the reading you’ve ever done in your life. You must read this book BEFORE you meet your five.
But you read to the end of a book like this, and you realize, you will never be truly finished with it. For as long as you live you will be drawn back to it, remembering the story, remembering the feelings it evoked, the chances you will have to recommend it to others, and the way it informs the way you live your own life. There is no way to ever finish a book like that… or like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, or Lord of the Flies by William Golding, or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I could do a whole book about books I will never be finished with.
And so I have so much unfinished business to take care of, I really didn’t come up with a good idea for this essay. So what will I write about today? I guess I will just have to leave it… unfinished.