Commentary: Travel, Life and Death

A European once commented “Americans seem to think death is optional.”

I had lunch with my friend George, a licensed architect who worked on plans for a medical facility earlier this year.  His doctor told him a couple months ago cancer had spread throughout his bones and he had only a few months to live.  George doesn’t believe him and plans to get a second opinion.

George was a quartermaster on a World War II LST at the Salerno and Anzio landings in Italy and a helmsman on D-Day.  He celebrated his 93rd birthday this week.  I’m betting on George.

Some people die a bit each day of their lives.  Others live to the best of their ability every day until they die.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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5 Responses to Commentary: Travel, Life and Death

  1. Hugh Duffy says:

    Right on Ray! Couldn’t agree more. A great post.


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  2. Sue Slaght says:

    I do hope the second opinion brings better news for George. Like you we try to live big every day of our lives. Having in my nursing career been with many people in their final days and hours their wishes are most often for experiences they wish they had.

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  3. Two friends of mine passed away a few month ago, in a relatively young age. These friends have dedicated their lives for the things they love: one to travel, and the other one to photography. Both were very cheerful, kind, and friendly people. They live to the best of their ability every day, until they die. Thank you for this reminder.

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