This Is The End….
But only of my Waterloo trip blog. Thank you to everybody who has joined me. I’ve had a wonderful time sharing my adventures with all of you. And again, as I did yesterday, I encourage everybody to discover something new this year, whether it’s in your neighborhood, your city, your state, your country or the world. There is so much out there to see and do.
As many of you know, I’ve been taking the ashes of my friend Dave around for the last few years, including my trip to Waterloo. And yes, for those who asked, I am writing a book about it(I already know the title: Travels with Dave: What Sunglasses, a Pill Bottle and Passport Have Taught Me About Life, Death and Friendship). And what I’ve realized as I’ve been writing the thing is that Dave, who was forever taking huge bites out of life like a big ole hamburger, reminded me of one of the most important lessons in life. That we are a species that explores. We are always seeking, learning, striving. Or we should. There is so much to explore, so much to learn, so many people to know, if we only try. I’m not entirely sure if I would have done as many crazy things as I’ve done recently if I hadn’t first thought, “Wow, Dave would love this.” Because I got out of the habit. I got complacent.
Well, no more. It was for him, but now it’s for me. I will live by two adages that I’ve always loved, but have kind of let slip. One, that life is short, but wide. Isn’t that great? It says so much. It offers so much. And two, a motto I’ve stolen directly from my mom, who stole it wholesale from Auntie Mame. Life is a banquet, and most poor bastards are starving to death. I’ve had the rare privilege to be able to afford to travel. But even if I didn’t, even if I had a very limited budget, there is so much out there to learn and see and hear. And we’re letting ourselves down if we don’t seek it out. Even more than that, if we don’t share it when we do.