I was shocked and saddened upon hearing the news that Chadwick Boseman died yesterday after a 4-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman’s short career can be viewed as an iconic one, playing idols in different areas of the zeitgeist like Jackie Robinson, James Brown and of course Black Panther. When you hear his name, “legend” may be the word that comes to mind. However, the word that I think of upon hearing about his death and illness is resilience.
One of the first things that I thought about after hearing of his death was that he was working on Black Panther and some of the Avengers movies during treatments and surgeries for his illness. I am absolutely in awe of someone that is able to put their body through so much and still be able to perform the stunts and fight scenes for these movies. The physicality required for a role like that is unbelievable for a person in good health, and to hear that he performed them effortlessly is astonishing. There is also a moment that is floating around social media that includes Chadwick Boseman talking about letters that were sent by terminally ill children that were unable to see Black Panther. Understanding that Boseman was going through his own battle with a terrible illness makes this just that more heartbreaking.
Chadwick Boseman’s cancer battle was kept secret for the duration of his acting career up until last night. I imagine that Boseman wanted to make an impact on the world through his talents without having the burden of people’s sympathies. I can honestly say that he has done so in the short amount of time that he graced our screens.
Not only is resilience a lesson to be learned from Boseman’s life and death, but also the ability to push forward in hard times, appreciating every day, and doing your best to make an impact on the world in what seems like the short amount of time that we have on this earth. You don’t have to necessarily be famous to make an impact, but just know everyone has a talent in which they can make the world a better place.
Wakanda…and Boseman forever.
(Picture Courtesy of Keep on Geekin’ and Marvel/Disney)