How to arrive at the grave

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention
of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming
“Wow! What a Ride!
~ Hunter S. Thompson

The day after my epic slide into home (see ‘What *not* to do while hiking’), my body felt incredible. I experienced minimal stiffness and swelling; bruising and scabbing to be expected. And about 30 hours after the fall, I practiced yoga in a hot room packed with other Bikram practitioners. In that space and time, gratitude washed over me for my abilities, and for the people on this journey with me. It would prove a waste if I didn’t seize every opportunity I’m afforded to enjoy this life I’ve been granted for a prescribed number of days. Because I, too, hope to declare one day: Wow, what a ride!

Do you play it safe, or seize the day?

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