Living and Dying the Dream

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm

By Antonio Graceffo

Live life to the fullest. Cut the chains that bind you. Let go of material things and follow your dreams. BUT! know that there is a huge price. You won’t have a family, a home, or money. And you may die young. Antonio Graceffo

Safari as a way of life.

Dan Eldon

Hitch my heart to a wing and never land.

Sam Stavros, from his song “For Dan, Neverland”

My friend, Italian wanderer and journalist Marco Ferarrese is doing a story on My Global tribe video project, which features the Sam Stavros song, Dan Eldon Neverland. Dan Eldon was the young Reuters photographer, who lead a number of humanitarian aid missions in Africa and was stoned to death in Mogadishu at age 22. Sam Stavros, my collaborator on the project, is Dan’s cousin, and a great musician who wrote the song, “For Dan, Neverland”.

Marco conducted an interview with Sam and I about the song, the project, and how Dan Eldon inspired us. He published it in three parts on his website, Monkey Rock World.

An excerpt from the interview.

M- Dan’s life was indeed incredible. How do you relate your life experiences to Dan’s? As an adventure writer and martial artists, and as a musician, which is the meaning of your particular stance to life, if you have any?

ANTONIO-Sadly, I am not a musician.  I think Dan’s story touched me so much because I could draw some parallels. I have been in Asia nearly ten years adventuring. Dan spent nearly his entire life outside the US and most of it in Africa. I guess I am tied to Asia now. Dan was a writer, I am a writer. Dan did photography, I take pictures, dan made videos, I make videos, dan worked as a journalist, but he took an active role in helping people when he saw the need. And I have done the same.  We are similar in many ways, but he was greater, because his reach was greater. What is important is the number of people who you can reach. The greater your reach, the greater your capacity to help. Dan’s reach, after the end of his life is much greater than mine, and I am alive. Perhaps that is why he died so young. He had already fulfilled his mission, risen to the heights he needed to, and the rest of us are still struggling to get there.

SAM-Dan’s life was much more imaginative and enduring than my own.  Dan and I both attended the same College in Pasadena and we both traveled – but the difference was that Dan was immersed in a troubled continent and tried to do something about it.

To read the whole interview, click on the link below.

See the Global Tribe Video on youtube

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “The Monk from Brooklyn” and Warrior Odyssey.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

See all of Antonio’s videos on his youtube channel, brooklynmonk1, send him a friend request or subscribe.

Antonio is also on twitter, with the name, Brooklyn Monk. Follow his adventures and tweets.

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