This has been a tough week, we all go through them. One of my oldest and closest friends came to visit, tossed on the rear bunk of a motor home for the journey. He has been fighting, a long, slow, debilitating, unknown, terminal disease. He has outlived what every doctor has predicted. He has the drive and determination not to give up; which in its self should be the lesson for all of us. But this trip was to say goodbye…….We had to have that talk about what he wants done after that final breath. He wants to be cremated, and his ashes scattered and for me to take him on one last pack trip.….. I asked him where……..He said “You pick, you have got to roam around, cover more ground than anyone I know, and I never got a chance to join you.” I told him, “I would be honored, but did I have to take his whinny ass sister along with me???” His reply was, “As much as I’d like to say yes, just to piss you both off one last time….No, not this time.”
Some of us will get called home way too early, some a physical thing that stops us from doing what we love to do. Most of us spend way too much time chasing the dollar $ign, trying to provide for you and the family. The best way to live for my friend Steve and when the time comes, remember Steve, is get out and enjoy life to the fullest; the lawn can wait to be mowed…..
I’ll close with a quote from Edward Abbey………….
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”