Death and taxes and a codfish.

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2012 at 2:39 am

You’ve all heard the warning before:

The only certainties in life are death and taxes.

Whenever I hear that quote, I see myself riding “Pirates of the Carribean” at Disneyland, and hearing these words being uttered by the pirate who is supposed to say, “Dead men tell no tales.” Right?! I should break into Disneyland and switch the track to the death and taxes quote. It would be hysterical.

Death & Taxes. The damn villain of the financial story of everyone’s life. Parents have warned you. Friends have warned you. Co-workers have warned. Be careful with life’s decisions, because death and taxes are the only sure bet. Don’t take a chance or waste your money or death and taxes will attack. They’re lurking in your closet just waiting for you. Death and Taxes have been made out to be the codfish. Lately, (due to an alarming number of hours that I’ve spent reading up on J.M. Barrie’s life and re-reading Peter Pan), I would have to say that Death and Taxes is in fact the hero…maybe even the Peter Pan of the tale.


There is another popular quote: To die would be an awfully big adventure. A quote written by J.M. Barrie and spoken by Peter in the classic, Peter Pan. Barrie’s tale of Peter in the book, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens can be described in one way…it was a way for Barrie to get through the death of his brother David, who had passed away at the age of 13. Peter symbolized David. A child who would live in the gardens and protect the children who had passed away. He would live eternally as a young boy. While Peter believed himself to be lucky to be able to stay young forever, the underlying sadness that Barrie sprinkles in, shows the tragedy of a boy who will never grow up and experience the beautiful things that life has to offer.

To die would be an awfully big adventure.

Death is something that is unavoidable, but it should follow a life that was full of moments of surprise, the ability to take chances and the strength to love others and push yourself to try new things.

Death and taxes. Perhaps it is a more positive message than we once thought. If death and taxes is the only sure bet, then life has given you permission to take a leap and enjoy your life. There is no such thing as bad decisions, time wasted or mistakes. Every mistake I have made has taken me to the place I am today. Life is an awfully big adventure. So go eat too much McDonalds. Have one too many beers once in awhile. Apply for the job you actually want. Say ‘I Love you’ if you feel it. Change things if you’re unhappy.


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