Will and I traveled to Vancouver earlier this week to attend his friend’s funeral. I never met “Gaz,” though Will had told me many stories about his lifelong “mate”; but through the stories his friends and family shared that day, Gaz’s life came into sharp focus.
Though he died too young, he lived well, traveling the world, enjoying the sports and activities he was passionate about, making his close friends and family a priority, and always, always having fun.
At the reception afterwards, one woman said to me, “It just makes me want to exercise more and take better care of my health.” Yes. But for me, listening to Gaz’s friends and family celebrate his life, I was reminded once more about how important it is to live life well and passionately. Like Gaz, I want to get to the end of my life having done it right: having loved well; having explored the world; having honoured my creative spirit and my mermaid soul. We only get one crack at this “wild and precious” life. There’s no sense in waiting.