You can learn a lot from a dead guy.
Now if that offends you, I can't apologize. The person that has most influenced my life died some 2000 year ago. You may have heard of him, Jesus.
The difference is that Jesus didn't stay dead and if you can believe that, Wow, what a life you can have. You go on living.... forever, based on his biography, The Bible. Yeah, it's all about him, even the difficult hard-to-understand parts.
One of my favorite parts to read is John 8:36, see here.
It's about being set free, that's why he died. For you and me to be free.
You may scratch your head at what's next. I've learned a lot about living by watching the Walking Dead. It's one thing to be the best you can be when things are going really well. Throw in a plague, desolation, depravity, a group of cannibals hunting you down, loss of loved ones, starvation, and living dead people that want to eat you and... Wow, how to be the best you can be?
Character development is supreme in writing a novel someone will read, finish, and recommend. Walking Dead doesn't hold back on character development and neither do the writers hold back on a character's complete and utter destruction.
Take Bob for example.
Bob wasn't always Happy.
He did some terrible things. But in the end, he discovered he could find the good in life, have faith in humanity in the middle of total chaos. All because someone gave him the opportunity to start over.
You can start over too. You can have the good life in the middle of total chaos. Because Jesus gives you the same opportunity.
"Nightmares end. They shouldn’t end who you are. That’s just this dead man’s opinion."
Bob Stookey, The Walking Dead (via the-landgiraffe)