Alex Simpson tattooing Lucy’s feet, captured by Adam J. Pegg.

Alex Simpson tattooing Lucy’s feet, captured by Adam J. Pegg.

“I haven’t lived, I’ve died a few times”

Harold and Maude was Colin Higgins’ post-graduate thesis and although the plan for him to direct the film was dropped by Paramount, director Hal Ashby insisted that Higgins be a producer and work closely on set to secure the essence of his story. I came across “Maudism” on Urban Dictionary, MovieMan had posted the term in 2006 and provided this definition: “The “new age” philosophy of “living each day to the fullest.” Popularized by the 1971 cult film “Harold and Maude”, in which the character Maude completely alters the way Harold views the world, when she can show him the value of life and the beauty in living.” It struck me then that Harold and Maude is a philosophy to live by and I have been giving talks and sharing my own interpretation of Maudism ever since.