October 23, 2007

Saying Goodbye

The adventure racing community was out en mass for the memorial-celebration of the lives of Denis Fontaine and Richard Juryn this past Sunday night in North Vancouver.

The evening was pretty much a pefect mix of emotion and humour as there were some truly inspiring speaches on the night. I am absolutely honoured to be a part of such an incredible group of individuals. Between the two hundred or so people on hand, I doubt that there is a square foot of this planet that has not been touched by one of them at some point in time. To be in an environment like that just makes ones dreams seem so much more attainable.

Life is for the living
By Unknown

Life is a gift we're given each and every day.
Dream about tomorrow but live for today.
To live a little, you've got to love a whole lot.
Love turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Life's a journey
Always worth taking.
Take time to smell the roses...and tulips...
and daffodils...and sunflowers.

Count blessings like children count stars.
The secret of a happy life isn't buried in a
treasure chest...it lies within your heart.
It's the little moments that make life big.

Don't wait. Make the memories today.
Celebrate your life!

Denis Fontaine
September 29th, 1967 - October 7th, 2007


To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose your feelings is to risk rejection.
To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken,
because the greatest risk of all is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing.

He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but he cannot learn, he cannot feel,
he cannot change, he cannot grow
and he cannot love.
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave.
Only the person who risks is truly free.

"The mountains are calling and I must go."
Richard David Juryn
April 24th, 1957 - October 7th, 2007


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