The Diving Bell

Posted on May 28, 2011


3.5 Lunchbreaks …

Picture is of Jean-Dominique Bauby (editor of French fashion magazine, ELLE). At age 43 he suffered a major stroke and woke to find that he had what is known as locked-in syndrome. He described his condition as similar to being inside a Diving Bell – able to think and feel, but unable to move.
I had Bells Palsy when I was 29 and still only have partial movement of the right side of my face. It frustrates me sometimes, but I can’t imagine not being able to move at all.
Bauby could move his left eyelid and used this to write a book called, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”. A movie has been made also, but the movie tells you only about his condition and how the book was written. It is the book (I am told) that tells you about the man.

Bauby had everything, compared to most.
He lived a lavish lifestyle, filled with women and travel.
He was popular, having a job that most would envy.
He had great wealth and possessions.
… but in a moment, it all counted for nothing.

Who are we when we take away all the ‘stuff’?

Disclaimer: Picture is actually not Jean-Dominique Bauby. It is Mathieu Amalric, the actor who played him in the movie.

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