Leaving it late

An older friend of mine Ian, was recently in hospital for a major checkup. He was kept in for over a week
while his doctors did their stuff. He’s a bit of a car fanatic so to pass the time read many a car magazines from his hospital bed and saw an advert for a classic Rolls Royce. He was able to get enough info about the car from the advert and phoning the seller to feel comfortable buying it without seeing it, somwehat scary for a $40K purchase.

I next saw Ian two weeks ago at his grandson’s second birthday, the Roller got a lot of admiring stares in the pub car park. He’d only had the car a couple of weeks but you could tell it was his dream car and he’d made a wise purchase.

This afternoon it is Ian’s funeral, he passed away just over a week ago, another victim of the big C. His life had certainly been cut short but I think he’d had a good one though I’m sure he’d of liked to of done some more mileage in his Roller. It’s times like this that really hammer home to me how short and precious life is. Don’t live your dreams from your death bed, live them now.

Rest in peace Ian.

About Al Carlton

Al quit the 9 to 5 rat race in January of 2007, before then he was a software engineer and systems architect of financial system. Nowadays Al spends the days running his various businesses and experimenting with different ideas and opportunities.
Al can be found on twitter at AlCarlton.


  1. “Don’t live your dreams from your death bed, live them now.” You are true.
    At least Ian bought it late. Important thing is he has bought and realized his dream

  2. “Don’t live your dreams from your death bed, live them now.” – Or …do it now, to avoid regrets.

  3. Sorry to here about your Friend Al, over the last few months I know quite a few people who have lost friends/family due to “the big C”, it is scary because anyone can get it and so many people do. Definitely puts things in perspective.

  4. My sincerest condolences regarding your friend. This is quite the sobering post to read first thing in the morning.

  5. Hi Al,

    So sorry to hear about your loss.

    I thank you for such a wonderful and thought provoking post.


  6. I’m sorry about your friend. Your story is so touching… If only more people would understand this before it’s too late!

  7. My condolences Al, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

  8. I am sorry about your friend. I have lost many friends too and I know how hard it is.

    Hope Ian is in a better place now

  9. Thank you everybody, for the well wishes. I showed this post to Ian’s family and they all appreciated it.

    The service was good, final song was “I did it my way” which was very apt, as Ian certainly did that.


  10. Always hard to read a post like this, especially when they passed so quickly. I’m guessing he knew he was terminal?

    My condolences to the family and friends…

  11. It’s not the length of the journey that matters, but how intensely you live it.

  12. It is always sad to loose someone you care about. Especially when it happens fast so you don’t have time to prepare. On the bright side it was great that he had a chance of taking his RR for a spin.

  13. I am sorry about your friend.

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