Fear is Not My Option by Michael Bowen Jr. December 7th, 1986 - December 9th, 2009 December 7th, 2009: Alanna and Michael on his birthday. It's hard to believe these would be the last images we would ever have taken of him. This was taken just two days before his death. Please read his powerful essay in comments since Pinterest has a limit on characters. Michael can all teach us a thing or two about life!