Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone.
– John Mellencamp

Life is full of unforeseen events, emergencies and mini-dramas. They may be crazy and stressful, but those are the experiences that make life worth living and worth remembering.

Whenever Kim and I hit the hot tub with a second bottle of wine, the conversation inevitably devolves into a remember fest:

Remember the time Speedy ate Pal’s collar, metal and all, and had to have emergency intestinal surgery to remove it? Luckily he came through with flying colors.

Remember when we taught that bartender at the lake in Guatemala to make dirty martinis and how hungover we all were trying to climb up and down the steps of those Mayan temples the next day?

Remember the great Christmas tree disaster of 2008, when Pal got himself wrapped up in the garland and the whole tree with all those priceless ornaments came crashing down? No one spoke for like an hour.

You know what I’m talking about.

If I ever find myself actually lying on my death bed, I bet those are the kinds of memories that will flash before my eyes. At least that’s what I’m hoping. And I will know that I lived a life worth living. And I will pass in peace.

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