2016 was, without doubt, the year of celebrity deaths. We lost greats like Prince, Bowie, and Michael, along with countless others who helped inspire and motivate thousands of people across the world for decades. We are worse off without them. No doubt.
I do have to admit though that the general population was effected by these deaths more than I was expecting, quite a lot more.
I’ve never thought of myself as being a heartless guy, and of course I would prefer that these people hadn’t died, but hearing the news didn’t really impact my day-to-day life.
Contrary to this, though, I know of plenty of people who genuinely cried when they got the news that some of these legends had passed on.
I don’t know if it’s because I’ve not been affected by death yet, not really, or if I am just a bit heartless, but it’s just something that I’m never really emotionally hit with.
That said, I did hear of a death yesterday that has come back to the forefront of my mind more so then I thought it would, and that was the passing of Gabe.
Gabe, although not directly a celebrity or creator himself, inspired thousands of others to create and share their own work.
For those who don’t know who Gabe is, here’s my favorite video that he inspired the creation of:
I do understand that this could be construed as being a little cold and insensitive towards the people who died over the last few weeks and months, but I promise I’m being sincere; there is something about the death of a pet that really hits home for me.
Pets, more so dogs, are beautiful things. They have their own personalities, their own loves and hates, and can impact the lives of people they live with just as much as another human could. I mean, I still think of my childhood dog Blue quite often, even now some 9 years after her passing.
Dogs have the power to really make a connection with their owners and I’ve no doubt that Gabes’ will be quite sad now that he is gone.
Sure, this isn’t on the same scale as George Michael’s death, and I’d never try to say otherwise, but I still found it interesting enough to share that this little woofer, a dog I’ve never met, has me saddened by his death. Emotions are funny things, right?
So, here’s to you, you little yappy, media inspiring pupper; may the afterlife be filled with chicken, squeaky toys and a healthy amount of belly rubs.