A Dying Man’s Last Halloween…

Via David Romanelli
on Oct 25, 2011
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The above photo is taken of people very close to me, a MEGA Batman and a mini Batman, a father and son, preparing for Halloween. But in the spirit of superheroes, I would never, ever reveal their true identity.

Maybe it’s just me but I think it’s the most awesome, cutest photo ever.

As playwright Tom Stoppard says, “If you carry your childhood within, you never become older.”

Something interesting happens on Halloween. We don’t just dress UP. We also dress IN.

If you look at this photo deeply, very deeply, both MEGA Batman and mini Batman seem to be taking it very seriously. One in his thirties, one not yet 3.

There’s something about dressing up that stirs an inner warrior still dreaming of saving the world or a swordsmen looking to unleash his passion or a princess who can charm the socks off her pre-school teacher…or daddy…or King of The World.

If you, like me, have gone too long without dressing up for Halloween, I have to ask the question….what’s wrong with us old farts?!


I had the opportunity this past week to see Jeffrey Zaslowe speak. He authored the book The Last Lecture which was the story of Randy Pausch who was dying of pancreatic cancer and wanted to impart upon the world his spirited brand of wisdom before saying goodbye.

See the picture of Pausch and family dressed as The Incredibles for his last Halloween.

As described in the book, the day before going to the doctor to get the latest test results, Pausch turns to his wife and says, “I just want you to know that it feels great to be alive and to be here today, alive with you. Whatever news we get about the scans, I’m not going to die when we hear it. I won’t die the next day, or the day after that, or the day after that. So today, right now, well this is a wonderful day. And I want you to know how much I’m enjoying it.”

That message is all too clear, but nobody said it better than Zaslowe in The Last Lecture, “Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.”


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About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com.


2 Responses to “A Dying Man’s Last Halloween…”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Love it. I'm dressing up this year. No doubt.

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