I wish he had kept these words in mind before he took his own life. There is a fundamental basis of kindness and openness in what he says here.
I think Anthony Bourdain was a fundamentally decent man. A man who had seen and done things that he was not particularly proud of.
I feel the same way about myself. But those things I have done that I am not particularly proud of, are the things that taught me to NEVER do those things again. And they taught me that I could not live with myself if I kept doing those things.
There is such an advantage to have reached an age where you can look back ruefully, and look forward with hope.