Do you ever get this feeling?
Sometimes, a certain movie gives you this sense of empowerment and you feel invincible because of one particular actor?
Brandon Lee was this actor in my youth. At home, when I was just a little tomboy, we watched a wrestling show and a Kung-Fu movie every Saturday. It was a serious ritual in our household. Bruce Lee was, in a way, a big part of our family. At that time in the 80s, Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee’s son, was starting to make some waves as an actor.
He was gorgeous and in my five-year-old mind, I was convinced that I would marry him and we would fight the bad guys together (I wasn’t aware that movies are typically fictional… anyhow). He was my Romeo.
As I grew older and more aware, I became addicted to Entertainment Tonight. I remember looking forward to seeing the movie that would later be one of my favorites but was symbolic of my life at the time.
The Crow perfectly represented my state of mind during that period. So badly, I wanted to find a hero that would inspire me to be invincible. Despite being a feisty and sporty kid, I was facing some bullying at the time. Brandon was my hero.
His interview on the set was inspiring for me. He was so calm and philosophical.
I was looking forward to the movie, daydreaming about the script and everything. I felt I just needed wings to fly freely without fear.
In 2018, when you watch Brandon’s interviews, his poetic way of telling us a story and explaining the meaning of life is actually a beautiful legacy that he left for us.
The beauty of legacy is that it can go on and on, from generation to generation.
Brandon’s sister is one of the people that is making sure the legacy of her family will still go on. Like me, Shannon is the baby sister to her big brother.
She was close to him and probably got teased by him, as is the main criterion of having a big brother. We know the expression ”Brotherly love” but Bro and Sisterly love are the best one.
Shannon is proud of her father’s and brother’s legacies and of her own.
Shannon is creative, dynamic and special. She is a very proud sister.
What is next for Shannon?
Actually, you should check out her podcast: The Bruce Lee Podcast. It’s insightful and really well-made.
When Brandon died, I felt lost. I would no longer experience his way of explaining something as he did in that interview with such grace.
But, years later, I read this quote from Brandon somewhere and it’s been one of my mantras ever since:
”Immortality is to live your life doing good things and leaving your mark behind”
Legacies are never lost.
Written by Sabine Demosthenes