ABC’s FlashForward Letter Al Wrote to Celia
One of my new favorite television dramas is ABC’s FlashForward. I watched the first episode and have been hooked since. In this week’s episode Al Gough, played by Lee Thompson Young, commits suicide. By committing suicide he wouldn’t affect the life of Celia and her two children–the future couldn’t happen as seen in his FlashForward. We finally got to see his FlashForward, which was him talking on the phone with an attorney. He says that he killed her [Celia] and knows that she has two kids, twins he believes.
Before Al committed suicide he told Demetri Noh, played by John Cho, that he found a way to change the game. This was in reference to a comment Demetri made earlier to Al when they were reminiscing about old times staying up until 4 a.m. playing Madden and Demetri always wining.
Al left a letter on Demetri’s desk and asked him to make sure it ended up in the right hands. This is what the note read:
I don’t know you’re last name and I don’t know where you live, but I know you have two young boys. Twins I believe. And I know you didn’t have a FlashForward. I understand how terrifying that is. And How powerless you must be feeling. I want you to know that you are not alone. And that your situation is not as hopeless as you think. Our paths were meant to cross. I didn’t know how. I didn’t know when. But things have changed now. Things are no longer going to unfold as I had feared. My gift to you is released from that dread. From the feeling that you are no longer in control. We will never meet. I will never know you. So live your life. Live everyday and know that the future is unwritten. Make the most of it.
Words can’t describe how much I love this part of Al’s letter to Celia. I wanted to share with you a show that I enjoy watching as well as bring this into a discussion about our lives in general.
It seems as though in today’s society people are somewhat troubled by their past and/or concerned with their future rather than enjoying and living in the present. I know that I’m victim to this statement more so on worrying about what the future has in store for me. I think about how I want my life to be that sometimes I don’t embrace what’s truly important and who’s important in my life.
Many of us should stop worrying about what the future holds for us. We don’t know when our lives will end and that’s the beauty of life–living it freely. We can’t let past judgments and decisions trouble us to the extent we can’t enjoy our lives. I’ve sometimes thought about if I could know the exact date of my death, would I really want to know? Would that make it easier for me to prepare myself, live a full life, and do all the things I want to do and accomplish? I don’t think it would make things easier nor do I think it would bring peace to my mind.
What I’ve learned is that if you want to do something, make a change, just do it. To stop making excuses because of this and that. We’re only here for a short amount of time and if we don’t do things for ourselves then our lives aren’t worth living for. And please don’t think I’m selfish by saying doing things for ourselves. We should equally do things for ourselves as well as be there for others–family, friends, and strangers.
I remember seeing this quote for Nike in a magazine a couple years back. I wrote it down and read it from time to time. Enjoy!
Scared of what we might not be able to do.
Scared of what people might think if we tried.
We let our fears stand in the way of our hopes.
We say no when we want to say yes.
We sit quietly when we want to scream.
And we shout with the others,
when we should keep our mouths shut.
After all, we do only go around once.
There’s really no time to be afraid.
Try something you’ve never tried.
Enter a triathlon.
Write a letter to the editor.
Demand a raise.
Call winners at the toughest court.
Throw away your television.
Bicycle across the United States.
Speak out against the designated hitter.
Travel to a country where you don’t speak the language.
You have nothing to lose and everything everything everything to gain.