Andy Gallatin savors his arrival in August in the Gulf of Mexico, south of New Orleans, during his 3,000-mile kayak trip. COURTESY OF ANDY GALLATIN

You are going to die and so am I

We are all going to die.

Hate it, but it is a fact.

Here’s another fact: life is short not to live your best life.

There are a lot of good reasons to deny those two indisputable facts, but I haven’t heard an argument that makes them untrue.

We will sleep with the fishes.

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The light in your eyes will dim forever.

Over, done and out.

One day you will die and so will everyone you know.

Your children, nieces and nephews will die and their children nieces and nephews will be gone too.

Until that day comes, why not whoop it up?

Do the do.

Make your mark.

Check everything off your bucket list that you can get to and add more stuff.

Don’t be cruel, wasteful or selfish — you are not the only one who deserves a good life — but why shouldn’t you enjoy the fact that you are alive and that you’ve already survived this long?

There are, sadly, reminders every day that that whole thing called your existence on the physical plane could end without a lot of warning.

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The state of the world and the way things are now have people on high guard.

There are mass shootings, terror and fear that the world itself is spin on the tip of a needle spinning on top of another needle.

Danger Will Robinson, danger.

You could be hit by a bus. You could die from an unknown or known illness. You could be, as they say, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

All facts.

It is also possible that you won’t be hit by a bus, die from an unknown or known illness or be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

I am going to die, but I’d rather live free than hide every time I see a bus rolling down the street.

I am going to do the thing, go to that place and laugh real, real loud.

The gross opposite would be not doing the thing, going to the place or laughing real loud.

How boring and how sad would that be at the end of my days.

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There are as many good sayings about regret and wasted time as there are about fear.

New Zealand Writer Katherine Mansfield seems to have had it right with this one attributed to her: “Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.”

Your deathbed would be a horrible place to realize she was right.

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