I only knew John Bil as the owner of the Ship to Shore, the erstwhile restaurant in Darnley where I had the pleasure of eating several times, most notably on the night of Reuben’s Jamboree back in 2009.
John died this week, and so Shane’s film serves as a remembrance of his life for those that knew him and those that didn’t.
Toward the end of the film, Shane asked John if he had any regrets; he replied:
I’m really fortunate: over the years I did whatever I wanted to do.
So I don’t really have a bucket list. Which is great, because it means I didn’t have to start looking back and figuring out things that I didn’t do before that I should do now. It meant that I could just keep living. And keep doing whatever I wanted to do.
And now I’m so happy that I did that the way that I did it over the years, because it means that I can live in the now, without regretting, without wondering.
I look at my life as a semi-random collection of amazing things that have happened.
You know, I’m probably gonna die. It sucks. But it didn’t change me, it reaffirmed the choices I’d made.
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