Do you ever wonder why you feel so awful when a celebrity dies, a person you don't know, never met? How could you hurt so badly when you had zero contact with that human being? I used to ponder that when I'd see people crying when rock stars died, and I'd think to myself, well, there was that really good acid trip or bong passing to such and such album. But it's much more than that.
It's a connection we make that becomes part of your psyche even if we don't know the person. We face our own mortality. You don't have to experience a personal relationship in reality for somebody else to affect your life. For example, writers we've never seen a photo of can touch us in unexplainable ways. Black and white words on a page. No visuals.
The death of Mary Tyle Moore affected a lot of women this week. You can read more about this in my personal blog today at this link: How Mary Tyler Moore Influenced This Minneapolis Girl.