The beautiful I Am Heath Ledger documentary aired this evening on Spike TV and the 90-minute film brought a lot of inspiration into the hearts of those who watched it. There were many clips of footage that Heath himself had shot of his life and of the moments that meant most to him. He used the camera to document everything, but also as a friend.
In living, Heath was on a journey and he invited everyone he met along with him. There were few moments of Heath’s life that he left just for himself. He was alive, so much so that he hardly slept. He wanted to feel everything, live the moments to their fullest extent, and he wanted the people around him to feel about life the way that he did.
The people who knew Heath have the same bright light about them as he did, it’s his light shining through. They’re all incredibly proud of him and while you can tell that, in some moments, it was hard to talk about Heath – it was also a privilege to share the beautiful parts of his spirit with the world.
A lot of Heath’s beauty is captured on film, but we’ve been reading old interviews and watching films this week before the documentary aired and after seeing I Am Heath Ledger – a few quotes of his stuck out to us more than they did before. We wanted to share those with you.
“I’m not good at future planning. I don’t plan at all. I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. I don’t have a day planner and I don’t have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future.”
“If you are just safe about the choices you make, you don’t grow.”
“Having a child changes every aspect of your life — for the better, of course. The sacrifices are large, but what you get in return is even bigger than the sacrifices you make. I feel, in a sense, ready to die because you are living on in your child. Not literally, not ready to die — but you know, that sort of feeling in a profound way.”
“I never want to feel like I’ve achieved my goal. It’s like Chinese farmers. They never admit that it’s a good season. They feel like they’ll be punished.”
“All of this is so insignificant. In the grand scale of things, there have been so many before who have been in this position. I’m just another one. Life is so short. It’s like we’re already gone, really, in retrospect.”
The I Am Heath Ledger documentary is on Spike TV, check your local listings for show times. We recommend taking the time to watch it, you’ll end the film feeling more inspired, and definitely more humble.
‘…but I knew him’