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Live like Brian

This week my cousin passed away from testicular cancer, just a few short weeks after his diagnosis. He was a bright light with a gravity that pulled people in. He made a lasting impact on everyone around him and lived his life with passion. He was only 35.

My other cousin Becky shared this on facebook and it really moved me. Even if you didn’t know him, maybe today and every day we can try to live a little bit more like Brian. #livelikebrian

Back in the day, Brian and Alan really enjoyed the Late Show with David Letterman’s Top Ten. Here’s last night’s Top Ten.

Top Ten Ways to Live Like Brian

10. Find humor in any situation

9. Appreciate nature’s beauty

8. Work hard

7. Laugh

6. Be helpful

5. Be positive. It’s contagious.

4. Show kindness 

3. Be yourself. Don’t change who you are for anyone.

2. Whatever you choose to do in life, pursue it with passion.

1. Smile

These are the simple truths that I take away from how Brian lived his life. He impacted the world through kindness. If we all strive to do these things more often than not, the world will be better for it. #LiveLikeBrian

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
  If this be error and upon me proved,
  I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Sonnet 116

William Shakespeare

I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again…

I’ll be looking for you… every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you…We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams…And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…

Excerpt from The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials Trilogy)

By, Philip Pullman

I do not offer the old smooth prizes,
But offer rough new prizes,
These are the days that must happen to you:
You shall not heap up what is called riches,
You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve.
However sweet the laid-up stores,
However convenient the dwellings,
You shall not remain there.
However sheltered the port,
And however calm the waters,
You shall not anchor there.
However welcome the hospitality that welcomes you
You are permitted to receive it but a little while
Afoot and lighthearted, take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before you,
The long brown path before you,
leading wherever you choose.
Say only to one another:
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love, more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law:
Will you give me yourself?
Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
Excerpt from “Song of the Open Road”
Walt Whitman
Is this real life? Two weeks! #engaged #lovebirds #andydara614

Is this real life? Two weeks! #engaged #lovebirds #andydara614

On the bus heading to the winery for a wine tasting! #bachelorette #bestfriends #greatfrogs #bestday  #wine #winery #local #maryland

On the bus heading to the winery for a wine tasting! #bachelorette #bestfriends #greatfrogs #bestday #wine #winery #local #maryland

Grad school grad 2014!

Grad school grad 2014!


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