Welcome to a bonus episode of The Things We All Carry. During the past three episodes I have given the microphone over to Bryan. Bryan, as you may recall, is a retired fire captain with over 34 years of service. He and I spent four plus hours recording his story and his thoughts . One day, after we recorded what we both thought was our final part, Bryan reached out to me and asked if we could sit down again.
I was a bit hesitant at first, simply because we had so much material as it was. I asked why he felt it necessary, and he replied with," I don't think I did a good enough job relaying how much I came to resent death and how I never wanted to see it again". That of course caught my attention and we planned another round.
I initially intended to cut, edit and paste the newest material into episode 57, which is part three of his series. But after listening to the bonus material, I decided it deserved to be a standalone episode. What follows is roughly 30 minutes of Bryan sharing his thoughts on death and me stumbling as I just try to stay out of his way.
I think these 30 minutes are insightful and intriguing and I hope you find the same.