by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger,
2018 is coming to a close, and we as a country have experienced a lot this past year. Some of these experiences were good, bad, bittersweet, and some of them were all of the above. For example, in 2018 a lot of well-known people passed away. This year we lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, John McCain, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Stephen Hillenburg, Aretha Franklin, and more. Most of these people were artists, politicians, creators, leaders, but they were also so much more.
They were mothers, fathers, lovers, friends, and family. Some of them were even like family to their fans and the rest of the world. Lee and Ditko were a part of the Marvel family who have touched the lives of millions around the world with their beautiful storytelling and artwork. Hillenburg made us laugh and fall in love with a cartoon sponge and friends who have so many hysterical adventures. Franklin wrote music that moved our body, minds, and souls. Her voice was truly a gift to all.
Then there are the politicians who passed away this year. Each of them did the best they could do to help lead this country in their own way. Even though they were Republicans, members from both parties shed tears for these people. Because in those moments, they didn’t see political parties or sides, they saw their fellow man being mourned and honored for the lives they lived.
Even if they weren’t perfect, it was at their funerals that people came together as just that; people, American people who saw that the Bush family had lost both parents/grandparents and that the McCain’s lost a loved as well. The legacy, good and bad, of Barbra Bush and George H. W. Bush, will live on through history and through the lives of their children and grandchildren. Bush senior not only led our country as president, but he even fought for it during WWII. Bush senior’s presidency saw the end of the cold war but sadly saw the beginning of the war against Saddam Hussein.
Though these people are no longer around, they will always live through their words, work, actions, and through the people who will love and miss them. They may be gone, but they will never be forgotten. The same goes for anyone who lost a loved one this year. Whether it was due to an illness, old age, an accident, a mass shooting, war, or natural disaster, they will live on through our own hearts and spirits. Goodbye to the people we lost in 2018 and hello to 2019. May it be a great year for us all, and let’s hope we keep moving to a brighter future together as one.