In the wake of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, we are fiercely reminded that mental illnesses do not discriminate. They seek people of all backgrounds, of all races, of all social class, and gender. We send our best regards to their families and our deepest condolences. Although they have passed, their legacy lives on. Today, we honor the lives of two extraordinary illuminaries.
Anthony Bourdain was an individual who understood true humanity. Bourdain once quoted that “Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways…The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.” Bourdain sought the true understanding of culture through food, open conversation and beguiling kindness. His charm, and raw genuineness often sought to engage and seek understanding of diverse individuals without judgement of their social class, age or race. Instead, he embraced foreign lands with a benevolent heart and mind.
Similar to Bourdain’s desire to live life to the fullest, Kate Spade’s own life was formulated by her desire to live colorfully- also once quoting that “In order to lead a fascinating life one brimming with art, music, intrigue and romance; you must surround yourself with precisely those things.” Kate Spade was a hallmark in my own childhood. My mother and I both bonded over our love for fashion, especially purses. Kate Spade is a woman to thank for that.
This week has been especially enlightening in regards to mental health awareness and we shouldn’t let this flame flicker and die as many are aching to seek the light. Be vocal about mental health reform. Join the conversation. Seek resources to help your loved ones. Though highlighting the impeccable lives of these esteemed individuals, there are still many individuals fighting silently. Today, I urge you to check up on your loved ones and hold them a little tighter. Truly extend your arms and open your heart and listen attentively; a small act of kindness can go a long way.
About the Author
Irish Padilla in three words is a “work in progress.” She is currently a senior in high school and plans to major in Public Health on a pre med track. She is an intern for Free to Dream Magazine and hopes to inspire young girls that their dreams and aspirations are possible. She enjoys long walks in the dollar section of target and wants to raise a family of golden retrievers when she retires. Moreover she is a lover of the arts, freedom of expression and the pursuit of happiness. You can contact her at: