It’s not the way you come into this world, it’s the way you go out. Thomas Kershaw is going out on his own terms and threw a legendary party to celebrate his eventual trip to the big unknown.
The 79-year-old Englishman planned his own wake, invited over 100 people, and turned the event into a massive masquerade ball. Kershaw suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and has been in “the ‘end-of-life’ stage for the last three-and-a-half years.” Doctors gave him six months to live over three years ago. Basically, the guy should have checked out years ago but the bro just keeps on living.
Kershaw figured people would just get together after he died to drink and celebrate his life so why not be around for the big send off? “What was the point in everyone having a drink and me not being there?” he told the paper.
Kershaw and his family party and drank dressed like everything from Super Mario to sexy nurses. Kershaw himself dresses as Dick Turpin — a famous highwayman, robber and thief who became popular after his execution in 1739.
“Every day they write him off and say he is going to die – but he is still alive,” granddaughter Claire Duke told the Sunderland Echo. “I’m doing this to show people with Parkinson’s that it doesn’t mean that’s it, you can still live your life.
It’s like Andy said in Shawshank Redemption — “Either get busy living or get busy dying.” Kershaw is too busy living to die.
[via Sunderland Echo]