Earlier today one of my friends had sent me two messages saying that “Chadwick Boseman has left” and “no more Black Panther”. At first, I believed that he had left the Marvel franchise for some reason. However, the illusion didn’t last for long. The real news hit me hard.. with the full force of a moving freight train. Chadwick Boseman is no more. At 43, he has succumbed to cancer after a long fight. And through all of it, he has given us so much to treasure and to cherish. He had so much more to give but alas, he has become yet another gem that 2020 has snatched away from us.
If 2020 was trying for a way to become unforgettable, it has already succeeded. But 2020 seems to be far from being satisfied with its actions. It seems hell-bent on becoming even better to make us even more miserable. 2020 will be, no, wait a minute! 2020 IS one of those years that almost everybody wishes hadn’t happened. This was definitely not what we had signed up for when we bid adieu to 2019. I hope that 2020 has done its worst. I hope that this is rock bottom and that it doesn’t get worse than this. I hope that 2020 hasn’t got other ideas. I hope that rock bottom is not the beginning of another steep downfall. I hope that rock bottom is good in one way because it means that we can’t get any worse than this. I hope that what’s left for us to do is to rise from the ashes, just like phoenixes do. And I fervently hope that this hope of mine isn’t as unreal and impossible as the existence of phoenixes!
The list of losses that 2020 has piled upon us goes on and on. And today, yet another angel has been snatched away from us. Too young. Too soon. I may not have known him personally and yet his death deeply affects me. My heart goes out to his family and friends. This must be such a devastating, earth-shattering, heartbreaking day for them. Their lives will never be the same without him. Rest in peace, King. When you said “Wakanda Forever”, we believed. We still do. You may be gone but in our hearts and memories, you will continue to live.
I can’t even keep track of how many times I have said the words “Rest in Peace” this year. I hope that I don’t have to keep saying it again and again. 😦 We have lost enough people already. But that’s the cycle of life. Death is inevitable. If one is born, they will die someday. Nothing or nobody can stop that from happening. Yes, I realize that but it doesn’t make it any easier to digest.
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