A long time ago, a friend I'd known since kindergarten said to me, "Life is like a roll of toilet paper -- the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes." The comment does seem a bit "tongue-in-cheek," but it seems the older I get, the more this quote makes perfect sense to me. It has taken me a very long time to realize that for every day that passes and I haven't at least made an effort to step forward towards the dream of how I want my life to be, is one less day I have left to make it happen. The quirky quote is also paraphrased in just such a way, I can almost hear a familiar voice stating it aloud, in his friendly and easy-going demeanor...
Jonathan Cainer's final daily forecast for his own sun-sign on his website touched on this same line of thinking, in the vein of "you never know how much time you have left, for tomorrow may not come"... Sadly, he passed away the very night after professing this wisdom. That was one year ago today: May 2, 2016. I had been reading his written words for so long, it felt like I knew him personally. It hit me especially hard, for never having met the man in person. It felt as though I'd just lost a very dear, long-time friend -- someone who truly knew me inside and out, and always gave me just the advice I needed to hear.
I first came across Jonathan Cainer's astrological website back in 1995, while it was still being sub-hosted on a little bitty domain called "bubble", and I was completely mesmerized by his ability to explain not just what was happening in the sky, but how it affected all of us spinning around on this big rock we call Earth -- and with uncanny accuracy, I might add. So much so that I was hooked on the subject altogether, and I began trying to soak up as much knowledge as I could about the subject in general, from every available resource. His astrological forecasts were always encouraging and inspiring, and gave me hope that no matter what the universe threw at me, with the right attitude, and some understanding of "the bigger picture" that the sky laid out for us, that the human race could overcome any adversity, and achieve any goal we set our minds to, if our hearts desired it enough to never give up.
It is with sincere respect and a heavy heart that I dedicate my christening blog-post today to the man who inspired me to learn all I could, and shoot for the moon, because even if I missed, I would be sure to land among the stars. I finally registered my domain name, acquired a legal tax ID number, opened a bank account and am slowly, gradually taking those baby-steps forward towards my dream of being even half as talented as he was.
Thank you, sir, for taking that chance yourself, for if not for you, I might not ever have found my own passion for the Astrological Arts.
And for the rest of you reading along, I'll pass on his sorely-missed closing remarks: "on that note... good luck, take very good care of yourself, and thank you for listening."