It’s been two days since he ascended and the pain still present, like so many others I was absolutely stunned. No, I did not know him personally but I cried because it felt like family. But more than that, I grieve because he was a black superhero who’s role as the Black Panther inspired dreams and goals of many children, I grieve because his death triggered grief from previous losses of family and friends. I grieve because his death made me afraid of death.
He was a man who possessed great strengths and rose above all the challenges he faced. It was revealed that he was battling stage III colon cancer since 2016 which progressed to stage IV, no-one knew; no-one but his core circle. Chadwick Boseman was a great actor who portrayed icons such as Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown. Despite his illness, he went to make movies after movies; in a statement by his family they mentioned ” he was a true fighter, who made movies we loved through countless surgeries and chemotherapy”. I have not seen a picture online where he was never smiling, despite knowing he may not make it, he kept living his live to the fullest.
I live my life free of judgments, I try to always be kind to everyone I meet and greet them with a smile. Why? – because you never know what that person is going through. The internet can be cruel at times. I think if I’ve learned anything from his death is that I must continue living a decent life, one to the fullest, and one with integrity. Be kind, show compassion, and live your lives to the fullest each day.
“Death is not the end”, Rest in power Chadwick (“King T’Challa”), you will be missed, thank you for the legacy you left behind. Wakanda Forever!