Really, how many of my heroes had to die before I paid attention and started to lose weight?
I'm not saying that Douglas Adams was fat. I remember him as being a large man, but probably tall rather than fat. But I know that he died while exercising. And he died of some form of cardiac disease, presumably some kind of myocardial infarction. He was 49 years old.
There are many reasons why he was a hero of mine. This is a clip from one of them.
Why am I going on about this great but dead writer? I've been listening to the radio version of Dirk Gently (featuring Harry Enfield) and it was making me feel all nostalgic for what Douglas Adams might have achieved - if only he'd been good enough to stay alive. If only he'd taken better care of himself. Maybe it wouldn't have made a difference, but I'd love to be reading or watching or listening to something new by Douglas Adams.
And we only have one life. We are here and then we go on to something else - which in my belief system is a something else where I won't be achieving very much. So I should make the most of my life, in every interpretable way.
Did Douglas Adams really have to die for me to learn that lesson?