Jade Nicole on the Death of Chadwick Boseman
Upon receiving the news of his Friday death, I sat and thought about everything Chadwick Boseman had accomplished in recent years.
It is said that he was first diagnosed in 2016, the same year Captain America: Civil War debuted (though it was shot in 2015). Since that time, he had roles in Marshall, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, 21 Bridges, and Da 5 Bloods.
That’s six films in four years, which is a lot for any actor. Add in the fact that he completed all of these projects while battling cancer, and one might feel led to believe Boseman really was a superhero or that he at least possessed some form of the element vibranium, the source of all magical technology, health, and more in the fictitious Wakanda.
In addition to the fact that his work ethic was beyond remarkable, the masses have taken special note to the fact that there was no “slip” concerning his condition. Boseman battled a full four years, and not a word was peeped to the media or to any individual who would have gone public with such knowledge.
That in itself is almost impossible. Yet, it was a task accomplished by Boseman and his circle.
One would question how his condition was so quietly kept, which is indicative that most of us don’t believe those surrounding us would respect our privacy enough to keep personal information to themselves.
Most of us have at least one confidante with whom we share particular things under the rule “You can’t tell ANYBODY,” but we usually know they’re going to tell at least one person under the same rule: “You can’t tell ANYBODY!”
The only time that usually works is when the third party has no knowledge of who the first party is. So, they have no itching desire to tell anyone else.
If not the wonderful works he’s left us to enjoy (including those finished before 2016), or the shining example of what it means to be committed to a career and life, Boseman left us with the knowledge that it is possible to have a private life and that not everything is meant to be shared with an audience.
There is a time for everything, and one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to make sure those in our circles are committed to being what we need when we need them rather than sharing information gathered through intimacy.
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