Sunday, June 19, 2005

168. Bruce

I see now that I am lost.
I HAVE lost.
I have failed at everything I set out to do.
I made one bad decision long ago, which led to an entire series of disastrous consequences, which can never be undone.
I destroyed another man's life.
I allowed my own life to be destroyed.
In short, I was weak.

And Batman can never, ever be weak.

In writing that, I feel as if I am drawn to a new decision:

I can never, ever be Batman again.

The thought gives me some sense of relief, as if I am finally free of a burden I have carried far too long.

And yet.

And yet, I cannot imagine what my life would be if I was not Him anymore. "Bruce Wayne" exists solely to make Batman possible. What would I do if I had no such purpose? What would I be?

What will I be?