You know, it seems that 2016 has been awful so far in terms of celebrity deaths. I woke up in the middle of the night last night and learned in my sleepy haze Joanie “Chyna” Laurer had passed. Later in the morning, I heard Prince has also died.
For those not familiar of WWE, Chyna was revolutionary for the women’s division in the 1990s in the height of the Attitude Era. She set the bar that other women tried to live up to in terms of ability. Unlike many of the female wrestlers today, Chyna wasn’t a fragile supermodel. She had raw talent. She handled her own against any opponent, male or female alike. She is the only female Intercontinental Champion in the history of the business. She proved that women were just as strong as men and could do anything a man could do.
For a young Robin, she represented what girls could achieve. She was awesome. In her post-wrestling career she had some demons and made some decisions not everyone would agree with. I personally hold no judgement. For me, I want to remember her as one of the women who changed the business for the better.
And then there’s Prince. Prince’s music dominated the landscape of the 1980s and 1990s. There are few people I can think of that have not heard at least one Prince song in their life or at least a song he’s written. “When Doves Cry” has always touched me. “Purple Rain” is a classic. And, of course, “(Party Like It’s) 1999” was a party staple. The list goes on and on. I can also say without hesitation Prince was probably the only man on the planet that could pull off a suit with cutouts. Am I right?
I don’t know if I am just more cognizant of people who’ve passed as I am getting older, or is it that I’ve gotten to the age where this is going to just be the norm? Either way, as I’ve said a thousand times before, life is short. You aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, or even five minutes from now.
With that in mind, I suppose we should all go out and grab life by the horns and live it to the absolute fullest. There is absolutely no time like the present to dig in your heels and go for what you want.