“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

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The last photograph of Anthony Bourdain on his twitter account captures this moment in all its gaddamned sadness. From a few days ago, newly relevant.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

New: “Some vegan friends also posted this [Bourdain quote]…not sure how true or if he was serious when he said it.”

“I should’ve died in my 20s. I became successful in my 40s. I became a dad in my 50s. I feel like I’ve stolen a car — a really nice car — and I keep looking in the rearview mirror for flashing lights.”

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He opened us up to new things. To “other,” which is now so hated and feared among too many of us. And he did so on their turf—not from a superior or pre-judged point of view. Whether it was high or low, grandpa’s kitchen or the finest restaurant, he approached it with the same joy and curiosity and irreverence.

And, he was a fierce opponent of Harvey Weinstein, and the heartlove of Asia Argento. This hurts, now.

“…in the end maybe we are all sentimental fools.” ~ Chef Tony

A favorite:

“Anthony Bourdain had seemingly one of the coolest jobs in the world– traveling the globe, eating and having a great time– which goes to show that this could happen to anyone. Take care of yourselves and do not be afraid to seek the help you require.”

“Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia – the fruits of his genius for statesman-ship – and you will never understand why he’s not sitting in the Hague next to Milošević.” ~ Anthony Bourdain – A Cook’s Tour, 2001

 

 

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Vaguely relephant. May it be of benefit.

Also, sadly relephant. “Talk to your dad, please. He might listen to you.”

For more, read this. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources. Here’s what you can do when a loved one is severely depressed.

 

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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.

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