Alright, so that's one of my heroes. They come in all shapes and sizes. Let's hear about some of yours.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Bruce Lee, which is interesting since I've never actually watched any of his movies. I have read about him and seen an interview with him (one of the few he ever did in English). The thing I think is so fascinating about him is the constant drive he had. People were mesmerized by things he could do that, frankly, are humanly impossible for 99% of us even now. But, what about him keeps fans reading his Wikipedia page? What is it about him that keeps us interested? It could be that his story is over, ending just as his figurative star was rising. No long, dull decline of his abilities. No Bruce Lee feeble and gray. He will forever be cast as young and indomitable. It's not a far jump to go from the 'real Bruce Lee' to the 'fictionalized Bruce Lee'. This idea is the beauty of literature and writing. Our heroes never grow old, so to speak. They're available to us in spite of our personally changing circumstances. Although, Bruce was a real person, he's more of a characterization to me, an ideal from which to draw into life a literary being.