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The answer to life, the universe and everything

My 42nd year was perhaps my most demanding. It was a year during which I learned a lot about myself, and applied earlier experiences to create new ones I never imagined. That explains my spotty commitment to my blog.

The last six months were particularly challenging and rewarding. My favourite uncle was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November. It was very important to Andrea, our two daughters and me to become a central part of my uncle’s support system, and the support system for my aunt and two cousins. We wouldn’t have had it any other way. My uncle Kenny always had my back. It was my turn to have his.

I’m still processing the conversations of which I was a part during the last six months, riding the highs and lows as my uncle’s body was slowly overtaken by the cancer. There is lots I could write about that journey. And, I likely will. Perhaps on my blog. Perhaps in private journals. I will share something now, though. Over my 42nd year, I discovered what I believe to be most of the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything including being present, being real and true life experience.

Many of those ideas came together for me during a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy themed dinner prepared by my amazing wife and our two incredible daughters. Tonight, I dined at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe and I experienced the end of one stage of my life which made possible the beginning of a new one.

My daughters are the cool froods to my uncle’s Jedi Master.

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About the Author:

Mark Blevis is a digital public affairs strategist and President of FullDuplex.ca, an integrated digital communications, public affairs and research company. His work focuses on the role of digital tools and culture on issues and reputation management. He also leads research into how Canadian opinions are shaped through online content and interactions.