Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I'm Not Dead Yet

I own a t-shirt just like this one. The quote is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and the t-shirt is from the Broadway Musical "Spamalot". The movie has always been a favorite, and the musical did not disappoint. I was almost peeing my pants throughout the thing, much to the embarrassment of my much younger siblings.

I always get lots of questions when I wear this t-shirt, and it has become a favorite of mine for that reason as well as another. I'm surprised by the number of people who get it instantly, but there are always a few who require an explanation. I always explain where the quote comes from and recommend the movie. I do wonder though what people think it might mean. In the absence of the quote from the movie, what would they think I was trying to say?

For years, I wore a LiveStrong bracelet, and have only in the recent past stopped wearing it all the time. I still wear it sometimes, but I don't "need" it anymore. For a year or so it was a solidarity with Daniel symbol - the whole family wore the yellow bracelets to support Daniel's battle with cancer. After he died, I wore it in memory of him. I passed out hundreds of them at his funeral, and many people wore them for quite a while after. Eventually, I wore the bracelet as a reminder to myself to live strong. Now, I don't need the reminder, but my little black t-shirt sort of yells out my motto "I'm not dead yet..." I'm still here, and I intend to make the best of it.


  1. Love the movie .... know most of the lines, as do all of my children, so that would be my first thought.
    But like you, it would also mean, to me, that I AM still here .... and I am finally, FINALLY, doing more than just surviving.
    (and for you, Michelle ..... "I'm getting better. I think I'll go for a walk.")

  2. Thanks Janine - "I feel happy! I feel happy!"
    Ha! Love that movie - perhaps it should be required viewing at the next Board retreat?? ;-)

  3. Didn't see the movie...I'll have to NetFlix it!

  4. I have never seen the movie. One thing I tell my friends and family when they "frown" about something I am doing is, "I am not the one who died!". So, yes, the shirt expresses my feelings very well.

  5. We surely need to make the best of life.