“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. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”
I remember listening to this interview and being so deeply struck by “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.” I believed him. And it scared me but I could tell it didn’t scare him that much. And I believe it now. I believe that he was ready to go and though we are all certainly going to mourn the loss of such a brilliant, wonderful, and complicated man, I can take solace in this. It’s the best any of us can hope for.