This Interview with Maurice Sendak Will Inspire You to Make the Most of Life


The internet wormhole that transported me to The New York Times video “An Illustrated Talk with Maurice Sendak” was fast. organic. completely satisfying. My current editorial obsession is Tad Hargrave’s website “Marketing for Hippies” and his article “Why ‘Stop Playing Small’ is Bullshit” already won me over by quoting my favorite poet Rumi. Winning factor #2: The New York Times video which itself came from the author’s own internet wormhole.

Christoph Niemann worked his way to NPR’s “Fresh Air” interview with “Where the Wild Things Are” author and illustrator Maurice Sendak and was, like myself, moved and inspired by Sendak’s frank words on life, death and the act of aging. At least that’s what my tear ducts told me.

“I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more.”

How many times have you heard “Stop and smell the roses.”? Will do! Tomorrow. Watch or better yet just close your eyes and listen to this video as I did. Something in Sendak’s voice will make you want to pull the car over to smell every planter of flower in site. God forbid you live in a well manicured neighborhood. You will never arrive anywhere on time.