To encourage you to keep going.
To remind you to be strong.

Published on October 21, 2016 in Picture Quotes, Quote of the Day
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POWERFUL ADVICE FROM A DYING MAN

via Reddit

“I am only 34 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear on my funeral a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.

The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions . The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.

Before, there were so many things that occupied my mind. When I learned how much time I had left, however, it became clear which things are really important. So, I am writing to you for a selfish reason. I want to give meaning to my life by sharing with you what I have realized:

  • Don’t waste your time on work that you don’t enjoy. It is obvious that you cannot succeed in something that you don’t like. Patience, passion, and dedication come easily only when you love what you do.
  • It’s stupid to be afraid of others’ opinions. Fear weakens and paralyzes you. If you let it, it can grow worse and worse every day until there is nothing left of you, but a shell of yourself. Listen to your inner voice and go with it. Some people may call you crazy, but some may even think you‘re a legend.
  • Take control of your life Take full responsibility for the things that happen to you. Limit bad habits and try to lead a healthier life. Find a sport that makes you happy. Most of all, don’t procrastinate. Let your life be shaped by decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t.
  • Appreciate the people around you Your friends and relatives will always be an infinite source of strength and love. That is why you shouldn’t take them for granted.

It is difficult for me to fully express my feelings about the importance of these simple realizations, but I hope that you will listen to someone who has experienced how valuable time is.

I’m not upset because I understand that the last days of my life have become meaningful. I only regret that I will not be able to see a lot of cool stuff that should happen soon like the creation of AI, or Elon Musk’s next awesome project. I also hope that the war in Syria and Ukraine will end soon.

We care so much about the health and integrity of our body that until death, we don’t notice that the body is nothing more than a box – a parcel for delivering our personality, thoughts, beliefs and intentions to this world. If there is nothing in this box that can change the world, then it doesn’t matter if it disappears. I believe that we all have potential, but it also takes a lot of courage to realize it.

You can float through a life created by circumstances, missing day after day, hour after hour. Or, you can fight for what you believe in and write the great story of your life. I hope you will make the right choice.

Leave a mark in this world. Have a meaningful life, whatever definition it has for you. Go towards it. The place we are leaving is a beautiful playground, where everything is possible. Yet, we are not here forever. Our life is a short spark in this beautiful little planet that flies with incredible speed to the endless darkness of the unknown universe. So, enjoy your time here with passion.

Make it interesting. Make it count!

Thank you!”

6 Comments

  1. Kay Allen October 21, 2016 Reply

    Dearest Sir,

    Your posting about your upcoming death, moved me in many ways. I wish for you peace and God’s Grace. I am not sure your believe in God but before you depart this world I would like to share with you the following which will make your departure glorious and sweet.

    We all are sinners who were created in the image of God the father the maker of this beautiful planet we live on called Earth. But our heavenly father loved us so much that he gave us his son Jesus who willing died in each of our places so that we can have the GIFT of Eternal and Everlasting life in heave with him and God. This is a gift.. John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son Jesus, that whosoever…anyone that believes in Jesus’s death on the cross and his resurrection should not perish but have everlasting life. Just this simple prayer and you will spend eternity in heaven, no more pain, tears or regrets.

    Those God tells us that reject his son, will spend eternity separated from him in a place called Hell which was not created for man but for Satan who is truly real and his angels.

    This my friend is the only choice that will make your life have an impact. God says in his word that our lives just a vapor…God bless and keep you in the days ahead.

  2. chareyDp October 22, 2016 Reply

    Thank you.
    I actually wrote down all you shared.
    God bless you.

  3. Karan October 22, 2016 Reply

    I want to hug him!

  4. aparna October 22, 2016 Reply

    Thank you very much for sharing your experiences and thoughts. Every sentence was very meaningful.

  5. Aschie October 27, 2016 Reply

    I just lost my one and only. If he had been able read this before passing yesterday, he would have understood. I thank you for putting it down for him and allowing me to read it.

  6. anna July 17, 2017 Reply

    Thank you so much for you words of truth and love, you are a soul that will never be forgotten, have a safe journey my beautiful friend…Love and Light be with you forever xxxx

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