I was given Jimmy Buffet’s “A Pirate Looks at Fifty” book and had a chance to read it, and many others, over the holidays. Most would know Jimmy Buffet the song writer/performer but this was more about the man and his journey in life up to his fiftieth birthday (in 1997). He is a very accomplished sailor and pilot and a great example of living a snowflake life IMHO. A good read as well.
It was quite a trip for me reading this book actually. My Sirius/XM satellite radio still works down here in Costa Rica and with the merger of XM and Sirius satellite radio I was able to tune in Jimmy Buffet’s music channel while reading his book.
And so there I am, blissfully reading it in the early morning last week, anchored in Bahia Ballena Costa Rica with my daughter Lia, fiancé Brian, and our respective dogs, Piglet and Ruby all sleeping below with Jimmy’s music and words channeling their way to my awakening brain. I flip the page and guess I’m reading? Jimmy’s explanation of landing his plane (quite the pilot, surfer and fly fisher is he) on the airstrip in Tambor which is 1km from where I’m floating in Ballena. And directly ahead of me as I look up from the book, in comes a plane to land! I don’t think Jimmy was on it but you never know! Serendipity and synchronicity still amaze me after all these years of using them daily to lead my life.
Anyway, here are a couple of the eclectic mix of quotes and sources that stood out to me, and apparently Jimmy too, as he used them in the book:
“Only if we understand …. can we conceive of the seemingly paradoxical phenomenon that people who are afraid of living are also especially frightened of death”
Medard Boss from “The Meaning and Content of Sexual Perversions”
Really resonates with me. For me, I don’t fear death, I fear not living while alive.
And then this one from Lord Richard Buckley:
“Humor is the absence of terror, and terror is the absence of humor.”
And finally, this one from George Herbert, English clergyman & metaphysical poet (1593 – 1633)
“Living well is the best revenge”
Not big on revenge but I AM big on living well and doing my best to do just that every day. Hope you are too!?
Happy 2009 everyone.