I finally went to see My Week With Marilyn, which I have been dying to see since it came out. It was great, and Michelle Williams did a brilliant job portraying Monroe. Aside from that the thing that struck me most was the portrayal of Marilyn's severe lack of self confidence, and constant need for reassurance. Even though her beauty was loved by so many she felt less than adequate and not sure of her capabilities.
I thought further about the many truly amazing people that have died young, almost before their great presence in society had really settled in. Elvis, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King Jr, John Lennon among many other celebrities, great anonymous people that you may know, and societal leaders whose impact may have been felt in a greater way after their death. I feel sometimes as though the individuals that are put on this earth for a short time move people in ways that others just don't have the power to do. Their message resonates when they are gone, and no longer have the ability to say anything further. We are left with a clear and unshakeable image of them, one that will never change, which makes it easy to cherish and look up to. It's like these figures are only long enough for the world to touch people in a different way and then move on. They are too beautiful, passionate, smart, or creative to stick around...their greatness is present forever even though they are not.