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Nathaniel David Palma, passed away on 10/20/11. He was only 17 years old. For a majority of his life he suffered from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. This caused his immune system to not function properly. Unfortunately his body was unable to endure the continuous torment. His family is trying the best they can to cope with his passing, and I thought the least I could do is fund raise some money to help lighten the load off their shoulders since funerals are so expensive.
My message: I learned that I should embrace life NOW. It's cliche to say this but really take advantage of the present. It should not take the passing of a friend or family member to realize the importance of life. Many people complain about life being too boring or other things like that, including myself, but we all need to learn to just enjoy life. As I walked towards Nathan's Casket I saw a giant photo of him wearing his graduation gown and cap, holding a diploma. I thought to myself, "wow he didn't even get to finish high school." It's sad to think about but hundreds and thousands of people pass away, and all of those people mean something to someone and you never know who's next. Whether it is a disease, or a car accident, do not miss out on the chance of appreciating everyone around you. DO NOT wait for something bad to happen. I'm not asking you to guard your brother or sister with all dear life, but to simply try to hug everyone a little more, and to tell your mom/dad/guardian you love them a little more. Words and hugs can go a long way. I can't say this enough but please, please, PLEASE, take advantage of those around you, because you really never know when they won't be around anymore.
Message behind song choice: This song was played at his wake several times and from what I've heard, it was also one of the last songs played by his bedside in the hospital. This song stuck in my head. It's a cute song but if you listen to the lyrics it seems as if the song is about two people being able to fly off into another world just because of how the other person makes them feel. Nathan made people feel like that. This song makes me feel like Nathan was flying with us and now we have to let go so he can fly elsewhere and be happy.
Message behind choreography: The reason I choreographed the moves I performed is because I wanted to show the journey of his passing. At certain points of the choreography you will see that I will reach out in some way for him. These moves represent all of those who miss him and still want to be with him. This recording of my choreography is not the full version since the camera encountered memory issues but during the end of my choreography, I pretend to hold onto his hand and the last move of the choreography was me opening my hands. The opening of my hands represented me letting go and understanding his passing, but it also represents the realization of him going to a better place. If you watched the video before reading this, try watching my piece again after reading this.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why its called the present.
I'm sorry for not visiting.. I heard you were doing fine (and that's my horrible excuse.), but I was wrong. I hate myself for thinking it was okay not to visit you, we didn't have to be super close for you to have such an impact on me. Our older Youtube videos will forever be in my heart. And even those short moments over the summer with you will stick with me. You deserve so much more Nathan, it's not fair... I hope you like the video and hope to see you soon. Miss you dude.
-Keenan Morales aka ... you know xP
Thanks to Angelina Grima, Matt Pumanes, and Andrew Phan for teaching such great classes. Thanks to Irfan Qurashi for being such an amazing video editor and filmer. And also a big thanks to Urban Beat Dance studio for letting us host the workshop there!