Some traits of a recently departed friend that I think are worth striving for;

His courage to live life on his own terms – even to face death on his own terms

His incredible talent, work ethic, and interest in the realm of Art

His originality

His commitment to others – his friendships were intense because he felt things deeply, but he had a willingness to apologise and forgive

His kindness to animals

His consistent impishness, especially towards authority figures

The fact he made a point of saying what he wanted to before it was too late

Bravo – would rather he’d have stayed for those of us who have to face a future without him, but objectively speaking – the end of a chapter, well lived.