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Hughes vs. Saint Exupéry. And me?

A scene from The Vicar from Dibley...

Alice said, "I've been thinking..."
Vicar replied, "Oops, always a danger!"

LOL

No, seriously, I've got myself into a lot of thinking during the past few days. I've been translating a documentary about the life of Howard Hughes. I knew some bits an pieces about the man before, especially the... oh, well... the most obvious parts. The story of his life fascinated me and I couldn't help somehow comparing it to a story of yet another extraordinary person (I've translated a longish story about him quite a few years ago, but it got stuck in my head) Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Le petit prince is a fantastic book, but - for me - it's one of the saddest things I've ever read. Saying goodbye to that inner chiled we all have in ourselves - that's how I interpreted the story - is surely one of the most tragic things a person can do.

There are loads of comparison between those two gents - if I mention just the most obvious one: both were more or less introvert, both had shitload of talents, neither of the two could keep his hands off women who weren't really their respective wives, they both materialised themselves while flying and they both died in the air and - first and foremost - they managed to leave a very significant track in many people's lives.

I think that's the part that got me the most - leaving a track, a mark. When I was much, much younger I had this ideas of some great achievements that await me somewhere, great things that will make people notice me. During the course of years all this wore down to almost nothing and I think I realised probably the most important lesson in my life - I mentioned that in a ubermunkey</lj> 's post about messages that await for us. I will allow to quote myself now. I wrote this: "A message.... we're really tiny, but we're still able to leave some traces in this vast universe. And the best trace we can leave is hidden in other people's hearts. That's eternal. For our own eternity."

I think that I am happy I got this far. It surely made my (younger) life full of wishes and expectations a way more bearable place.

I told you....

Alice said, "I've been thinking..." :)




Hughes and Saint Exupéry are stolen from the Net, my picture is taken from enjoying probably THE birthday present of my life. :)

Comments

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dreammwriter
Sep. 24th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Why captain, will you take me for a ride in your BIG JET

(yes, I know that was cheesy)


ANDRE
paterson_si
Sep. 24th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Anytime. :)

LOL
marquito
Sep. 25th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
*cuddle*
paterson_si
Sep. 25th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
*cuddle back* :)
vksi
Sep. 25th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
Great post.

*smooch*
paterson_si
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Guess I had too much time. :)
tilia_tomentosa
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
You are thinking too much for your own good! ;)
You have left a trace in my heart already. Mission accomplished. :)
paterson_si
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:23 am (UTC)
I think much, much more than I show. LOL

And an accomplished mission always feels good, right? :)
tilia_tomentosa
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
Absolutely! :)
paterson_si
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Good Good!

At least some energy on this murky, wet day!
bluebubbleblue
Sep. 25th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Those are really great thoughts, Tomaz. : )

Really thanks for sharing. : )
paterson_si
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
I guess it came from deep within. It is sincere.

HUGS, Sean!
mitjablazic
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
Yesterday evening, while smoking a cigarette and talking with Vksi's nephew, I've discovered the almost dead body of my inner child. I get sick instantaneously and almost vomited ... It was so deep, disturbing and sad discovery...
paterson_si
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, that pic is so touching.
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