Find a guy that didn’t like something about Patrick Swayze’s character Bodhi in Point Break, and I can tell you he has little soul. You didn’t have to be a surfer, but it helped. Bodhi always struck me as a searcher, always thirsty for knowledge and peace, but more fueled by his adrenalin and selfish desires….Sounds like me and every other guy I know. But ultimately Bodhi wasn’t afraid to be who he was. Contrary he wore it like a badge of honor as he talked about the rest of the folks inching along thru life in the metal coffins!
So after over a year of a wonderfully courageous fight against one of the mothers of all cancers, that fight ended yesterday. It makes me think of his wife, her loneliness and emptiness. How did she prepare to be in this world without him. By all accounts they were a great love story. It also makes me think of what it took for her to fight that battle with him and probably sometimes for him. Were her needs shadowed by the dark cloud of sickness? She is just as admired as he was in my eyes. He is in that “better place”, however that looks, or tastes or feels. One day we will all know what the other side holds for us, the extension of our journey.
In the meantime, I will think of the scene when Keanu Reeves’ character Johnny Utah, asks Bodhi if he is going to break out in a chant, and Bodhi, smiling, laughs and says, “I just might”! Not afraid. I’m not so brave to be myself all of the time, but tonight I think I will chant, I will pray, and I will not be afraid. God Speed on your journey Patrick. Your spirit lives on!