A Lesson from Frank Sinatra

Greetings from about 90 km outside Cape Town,

For the past two days I’ve been singing one of my favorites, from Frank Sinatra, which seems to match my mood, as we close in on Cape Town;

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.

My friend, I’ll say it clear,
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

I’ve lived a life that’s full.
I’ve traveled each and every highway;

And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.”

Regrets, I’ve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;

And did it my way.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried.
I’ve had my fill; my share of losing.

And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say – not in a shy way,

“Oh no, oh no not me,
I did it my way”.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows –
And did it my way!

Yes, it was my way.”

Wow, that sums it up pretty good.
Easy Rider



  1. Following your journey has been such a treat…thanks for sharing…Africa is truly a gem!

  2. That sure does sum it up, Mike! You are almost there!! Can’t wait to hear all the stories when you return to the good ole USA! Have fun in Cape Town with Mary and be sure to give her Birthday hugs from me! XoHally & JT

  3. You certainly have done it your way Hobe, we are so proud of you, well done, enjoy rest & relaxation, you deserve some quiet time. Have fun with Mary. See you in Sarnia. Jodi & Derb

  4. OMG, Mike, you are almost there…and probably are there by the time you get our comments. What an amazing journey…I can’t believe what you’ve accomplished in very difficult conditions and over such a long haul. Your stamina, humor and ability to find enjoyment in almost every instance has been inspirational. I don’t think I could have done it your way! Congrats Mike. Rest well. Bill

    1. / This is the second time I visit your blog and find an inrsieettng article perfectly matching what I was searching for so I decided to add your feed to my RSS Reader. Thanks for you work.

  5. WOW! So glad you are safely and happily approaching the finish line!! Proud to know you!!

  6. Congratulations!! You made it in one piece! What an adventure. Enjoy your safari with Mary.

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