Is it not about life?

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare – Macbeth  Act 5 Scene 5

2022 AD – 1606 AD

This is one of the most popular soliloquies written by William Shakespeare. There have been many explanations for the reasoning behind it in the context of the play. But I had another thought. Is it not about life?

Are we walking shadows? Perhaps. While we live, we can create, inspire and impress. When we are gone can we still?  Some do. William Shakespeare lived 400 years ago and yet we still speak his words. We still try to understand his words. We engage with his words. But can we know the man just through his words? What did he desire? What was his favourite colour? Did he love to kiss gently like a butterfly or with mad passion thrown to the wind? The man is gone. His essence is no more. His shadow walks still.

Will my shadow still touch after I am gone? Will yours? Does it matter? I will not worry about what will happen after I’m gone. I would like to think that perhaps, just for a little while, I will be remembered fondly. But quite frankly at that point I probably could care less. We don’t know what waits beyond the veil.  It could be a new adventure; it could be nothing. So, I intend to make my presence known here, in this world, in this adventure.

We don’t remember the individuals who built the Pyramids or the Great Wall of China or even the buildings that became our cities. These people with sweat and blood and tears built our world. We can see their legacy but we don’t remember the individuals, perhaps that’s the way it should be.

I want my sound and fury to be joyous and positive. I want to touch people with my words and nudge them with my ideas. I want to share who I am. In 100 years, no one may remember my name but if the spirit of who I was resonates somewhere, in a word,  an idea, in a thought. Then I have lived well.

29 thoughts on “Is it not about life?

  1. Murphy’s Law

    Wow! Amazing insight into life. I think bits and pieces of us will resonate with others long after we’re gone. Maybe not the bits and pieces we would have liked to be remembered by!

    I can tell you this my dear friend, your sound and fury are absolutely joyous and positive and you most definitely touch us with your words and nudge us with your ideas…every day.

    When that time comes, you most assuredly will have lived well. I can only hope to do half as well, and that will be quite a legacy for me!

    Wishing you a relaxing, fulfilling Sunday Pam.

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    1. quiall Post author

      Ginger, your words humble me. You have always been such a wonderful support from the day we met here. You are someone I can count as friend and that is valuable to me. Thank you, thank you dear friend.


  2. rangewriter

    Your words and ruminations touch a lot of us. Prick our brains, brings smiles and sometimes tears, but always keep us thinking. And I totally agree with you about what happens after you’re gone. You won’t be here to know (I don’t think.) And if you are here for a while, (since none of us really know what transpires after that last breath) I hope you will see the people you’ve left behind thinking of you with fondness, love, and joy for having known you.

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    1. quiall Post author

      Your words have deeply touched me. Everything I write is inspired by the people who read my words. It is truly a symbiotic relationship. Thank you for always making me think and occasionally blush!


  3. Dale

    Beautifully written, Pam. There are those, and you are one of them, who will leave their mark. I imagine most of us would like to have a bit of us remain in others’ memories. Not many of us leave behind great works of art in music or words or sculptures to remind others 🙂

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