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To Exist

For the first time ever, I’m going to share with you all a little song. It’s in Italian and it’s called L’appuntamento (1970) by Ornella Vanoni and it was featured on the Ocean’s Twelve soundtrack (2004). You need not speak Italian (I don’t) to get the gist of the song. Vanoni transcends language with the emotion and vulnerability in her voice. I love this song. I love the melancholy that lingers in the air long after Vanoni stops singing. The song is sad and that may turn some people off, but give it a listen:

The video I’ve shared has the English translation at the bottom. You can read them while listening. The translation isn’t 100% accurate, that much I know, but I believe it to be as close as possible. Again, speaking the language is not required for enjoying this song. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Today is the eve of my birthday and I think my quarterlife crisis has started! This is not making for a fun day. I’m painfully aware of my own mortality, and everything that gets left behind with the passage of time, so I’ll probably shed some tears tonight. Yes, when it comes to my birthday, I am that dramatic. Don’t judge me. Lol! 😉

In keeping with the existential aspect of my thoughts and this post, I want to share with you all, my favorite short story. It’s called The Last Question by Isaac Asimov. It’s science fiction, but it has an eerily prophetic aspect to it. I don’t want to give away too much, but the story is written from the perspective of several different people, across several different eras of humanity in the future. There’s not much else I can say without spoiling it so let me stop talking about it now. One last thing, here’s what Isaac Asimov himself has to say about it:

This is by far my favorite story of all those I have written. After all, I undertook to tell several trillion years of human history in the space of a short story and I leave it to you as to how well I succeeded. I also undertook another task, but I won’t tell you what that was lest l spoil the story for you.

It is a curious fact that innumerable readers have asked me if I wrote this story. They seem never to remember the title of the story or (for sure) the author, except for the vague thought it might be me. But, of course, they never forget the story itself especially the ending. The idea seems to drown out everything — and I’m satisfied that it should.

Please read it. Let me know what you think. It’s quite a quick read. It’ll end and you’ll be wanting more. It’s that good! 😀

Well, I’m done for today. I’m going to enjoy this day by listening to music and reading. I hope you all have a terrific and hopefully thought-provoking Tuesday!

Until next time,


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