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Maybe Cat Stevens/Yusuf said it best: "we're only dancing on this Earth for a short while." 

Someday, someone will remember us with kind words (we hope). 

Alan Gelb urges us--ALL of us--to take a stab at our own life story.  Not the whole thing, but a key part of it. 

Gelb even inspired non-writers with his book Having the Last Say

Kate Longley, davidhallberg.com

The beauty of ballet comes at a cost.  It is not easy for the best dancers to portray that level of beauty, without often punishing physical conditions. 

David Hallberg endured that and childhood bullying and a career-threatening injury for his art. 

He is the first American ever to dance for the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. 

And he tells the story of his rise in A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back

Bonnie U. Gruenberg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19697422

Boy meets girl, girl and boy love each other, girl gets pregnant. 

Bam, the relationship ends, because boy does not want children.  It's a true-life story, lived by Heather Harpham. 

Her daughter was born with serious medical issues that required attention and dedication from both parents.  The story unfolds in Harpham's memoir Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-After Ever