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“I’m More Afraid of Living Badly than Dying Badly” – Darrel Bristow-Bovey

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoIn a recent column for Rand Daily Mail, Darrel Bristow-Bovey reflects on the life led by the world’s greatest free-diver Natalia Molchanova, who went missing in August this year.

The author of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo writes: “The first thing people say when someone dies doing something out of the ordinary is ‘at least she died doing something she loves’, but I’ve never liked that line of thinking.”

Bristow-Bovey argues that it’s the quality of life leading up to death that is most important, not the way in which one dies. “I’m more afraid of living badly than dying badly,” he writes.

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On the day she turned 50, Natalia set a world record by swimming without fins to a depth of 70m. She’s one of those splendid, unstoppable women — like PD James, who wrote her very first novel aged 42, or Diana Nyad who started long-distance swimming aged 61 and at 64 became the first human being to swim alone and non-stop from Cuba to the US — who only get started when the rest of us are giving up and who help me think differently about the second half of my life.

I hope Natalia had her Big Blue moment, and met death swimming towards a dolphin in the warm ocean with a smile on her face, but if she didn’t, that doesn’t matter. It’s not dying that matters, it’s how you get there.

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