Hunter "Patch" Adams
Religious Affiliation: None – Never made sense
Date Submitted: June 5, 2017
Date of Birth: May 28, 1945
What is the meaning of life?
It’s not my style to think of “the” meaning of life. I think it’s very different to each person if they find out that they can make the meaning(s) exactly their own—and change them whenever they want. I had a great mom who gave me self esteem and so when I came face to face to the racism and hate in the U.S. south in 1961, my life change forever. I was 16 and went through crisis—3 mental hospitalizations in one year, not wanting to live in a world of violence and injustice. I was present at Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and realized you don’t kill yourself, you make revolution. So at age 18—in my 3rd hospitalization—I decided, as a political act to never have another bad day—now solid for 54 years to be happy, funny, loving, cooperative, creative and thoughtful. So, I’ve lived a radiant and goofy activists life in so many ways. I’ve lived as a clown and a doctor. I hold my great sources come from friends, nature and the arts. It has been breath taking to be alive each day and it gets really easy.