Consider a few rather recent deaths of American idols of a certain caliber:
- Charles M. Schulz — Peanuts comic strip creator . . . 1922- 2000
- Andy Rooney — Iconic “60 Minutes” curmudgeon commentator . . . 1919 – 2011
- Steve Jobs — Genius developer of the Apple technological revolution . . . 1955 – 2011
All passed away very quickly after formally retiring from their life’s work (Schulz within days)—so soon, in fact that articles still being written about their stepping-down moves were pulled from the proverbial presses (tho Macworld was already on news stands), and, just as quickly, rewritten as lifetime tributes and obituaries.
Sometimes, we simply are what we do.