Wednesday, 27 August 2008


While the world lurches from one political crisis to another, I read this morning of the unconnected, but poignant, death of a fellow author. 

Dave Freeman, c0-author of the best seller, 100 things to do before you die -travel events you just can't miss died suddenly at the age of 47 in a freak accident at his home in Venice, California.  He'd only done 50 of these 100 things - the others were completed by his co-author, Neil Teplica. But even so Mr Freeman had obviously had an extra-ordinary range of experiences beyond most people's dreams. The blurb on the back of this book reads "This life is a short journey. Make sure you fill it with the most fun and visit the coolest places on earth before you pack those bags for the very last time." He was single and loved traveling solo because of all the interesting people he met that way. 

It sounds an amazing, if tragically short, life, but definitely not the one I would have wanted. I am not, nor ever will be, a solo adventurer except when I am traveling within the confines of my own imagination.

But it makes you think, doesn't it? None of us ever know how long. So if there is something you've been thinking of doing, dreaming about, hesitating over, today might be a very good day to take that first step.

And if you've been talking about, even planning on writing, that book someday, start today!

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