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"Drive your own life" advises frail Peter Taylor

Thu 29 Aug 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

Peter Taylor As the final days of his life start to count down, illness-plagued Auckland gay community icon Peter Taylor is urging glbti people to set their own goals and expectations and to not be hostage to others' expectations. Taylor has for decades fought the ravages of two insidious diseases including HIV, but in failing health he has decided to stop fighting and to let nature take its course. Now frail and weak with a quavering voice, severely limited hearing and only minimal sight he is looking forward to a This Is Your Life tribute function this Saturday night, but will then halt all medications and treatment. He says he is expected to then live on for only five to ten days. "Don't be driven by the expectations of others, for then your joy will always be conditional on those others and not really your own," is the advice Taylor says he wants to pass on to others. " "Don't be hostage to anyone or any thing... stand on your own if need be, for your integrity, your dignity and your self-respect," Taylor advises. "Drive your own life."    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 29th August 2013 - 12:14pm

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