Yesterday, in Parade Magazine, there was an interview with Kyra Sedgwick. Kyra Sedgwick is not Kevin Bacon, but she’s pretty close. And since today is the FINALE of the Help Me, Bacon project, and since I have not had the chance to directly ask Kevin Bacon for life advice, I’ll instead look to Kyra. Here is the final bit of wisdom I will draw upon as I move into the future:
Parade: What’s always in your fridge?
Kyra Sedgwick: Kale. I’m addicted to it these days! I steam it and then add flaxseed oil and spice—amazing.
Parade: Any other standbys in there?
Kyra Sedgwick: Newman-O’s cookies, the traditional flavor.
Parade: That’s a good combination.
Kyra Sedgwick: Right—it’s the yin and the yang.
The yin and the yang. Perfect advice. Ancient, sage advice. Life is about balance.
You know, it would have been pretty rad if I’d been able to find Kevin Bacon. But in retrospect, staying elusive was probably the best thing he could have done for me. His lack of concern for my life and my problems has meant that I’ve had to figure it out on my own. And that’s really sucked. But now, today, I feel liberated and proud. Proud like an American.
The goal of this project was for me to get a life in 90 days. The irony, of course, is that I’ve had a life all along. But I hoped to get a better one. A more stable and awesome one. Have I done that? It’s hard to say…
But here’s what I will say. Life is good. Life is going places. Life is just fine and Kevin Bacon’s services, from here on out, will not be needed. Today I’m going to watch fireworks. I’m going to eat a hot dog. I’m going to celebrate America and I’m going to celebrate life.
Before I sign off, though, I want to say how much this project has meant to me. I used to worry that my life would be boring. I worried that life would lead me in one direction or another and I’d be completely dissatisfied and unfulfilled. But this project has shown me that I don’t have to worry about that. Because when you care as deeply as I care about my life, you always have options. You can always change it for the better. And you can always, always appreciate the good you do have.
Thank you for coming on this 90-day journey with me. It’s meant the world to me. And even though Kevin Bacon did not directly come on the journey, he was here from the beginning. And you know what? He’ll be with me forever. That’s why I made a tribute to him. I leave you with that tribute. As much a tribute to Kevin Bacon as it is a tribute to all of you. And life. And me. And America.
Happy Independence Day: