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!”

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  1. This story really touched my heart not only because a dieing man wrote such truth but because I lost my son 2 years ago on 2/19:and he was only 13yrs. Old the day my life changed forever.beautiful words sir God Bless you

  2. How sad that for most of us it takes our impending demise to realise what we have in this life .
    My husband lived his life to the fullest, with a “joi de vivre” that impacted so many people .
    He faced his cancer and death with courage and strength. Sad only for who would mourn him .
    I wish for you a peaceful journey , & strength for your loved ones .

  3. So beautifully said! Its what wwe do between the dashes that counts. The loss of my late husband to cancer made me too realize all these things and my children were taught to follow their passion and not the job that they got but hate. I send a prayer of love and peace to you wherever you are and your family.

  4. God Bless YOU! This really touched my heart and soul. You have made a BIG Difference in my DAY, and Life. Love a fellow Soul in a Box.

  5. Wow.. Just read this and I just wanted to let you know I never comment but something stronger than ive ever felt came over me I needed to hear that ive had a very traumatic life Im 32 and ive been writing my autobiography within the last 6 months something happen in my life that just broke me I quite writing and fell into a dark place here lately ive been trying to rebuild myself and that just helped me sit down and immediately I started writing again thank you. God bless

  6. It is a pitty that people like you have to leave so early. I wish a miracle would keep you alive and doctors would find a cure for you .
    Thanks for remembering Syria and Ukrain .God bless you.

  7. You have already made a difference with your words. They will be remembered and have made their mark. Thank you.

  8. I hope you find peace within yourself! You r a good soul and may your journey be very peaceful ! I will remember your message! Thank you for sharing what came from your heart 👏

  9. No offence, but you are dying and still thinking of creating remark for yourself, and save the world kind of stuff? Why dont you spend your last moment on finding what life really is? What made life? what is it to live? Life, its life, life doesnt die, you dont die, its the regret and the thought of creating remark which will die, let it die for good. its good for you.

    1. This gentleman took the time to remind us to live to our full potential, to do what we love and giving meaning to your life. We should be devoted to helping one another, and being kind to each other. His words ,beautifully composed, holds great meaning to me and I’m sure most others. I’m very greatful he took the time to share his brutal reality with us as his story is a powerful reminder to appreciate what you do have,. Your words will remind most that there is always that one offense person that we must either learn to deal with or realize that we don’t have to tolerate ,because life is too short

  10. I read your advice and thank you for your contribution to this world. It’s so easy to get caught up in existing rather than living and you have just reminded me to live. I hope you are able to read the comments and the positive impact you have made on others inc myself. I wish you peace and strength to take your next step god bless.

  11. YOU are a wise and beautiful person.
    My husband died young, too. You have given back well.
    God bless!

  12. Your words of great inspiration are heard! Wonderful words of wisdom many have takin to heart. You’ve made an inspiring impact! Thank you for sharing. I believe it is not over after this life on earth, and that our soul lives on. Be still and hear your innerself. Connect with your soul self and you will be free forever. Stay blessed and go within! I pray for your healing and happiness. May you live a long and lovely life!

  13. Wow what a simple but powerful message. I don’t know what you have done with your entire life or how many lives you have impacted but, I pray that you fully understand the magnitude of the GIFT that you have given many (including myself), just by sharing this message. Between your message and the instructions from the Bible, anyone and everyone should be able to live a very fulfilling life regardless of how much time they have. Thank you and God bless you.

  14. Be proud of yourself, you are a beautiful human being and have a great heart. I hope that a miracle cure will keep you for many more years on this earth , we need people like you very badly you are an inspiration and you have touched so many lives with your story. May God Bless you and give peace. You are a good Soul. Thank you for your kind story

  15. Wow…. beautiful message from a strong wise man. Your words are inspirational to many. May God Bless you and give you strength for the days to come. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  16. I have to admit that this has hit me hard…I always think about death or loosing someone I love, but knowing that you’re going to die is tough. Let me tell you something my dear, keep your faith in God and know that God is capable of doing miracles. Pray. keep fighting. Don’t give up. I will pray for you to get cured.
    At the end of the Day, we will all die but life doesn’t end here; we get transferred to the everlasting life “Heaven”.
    God Bless your heart.
    Stay Strong.
    Sending you love, prayers, and positive energy.

  17. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It’s not racial, nor religious, nor forgiving. Thanks for your brave letter of inspiration. Salute. Peace with ones self is piece with ones mind. I wish you well in the continuing experience of life. Every day is a gift .

  18. May God bless the writer and I pray for a cure.x My grandfather died aged 36 from TB and left my gran with 6 children and this was 1936. I have never seen a picture of him Sad to think I dont know what he looked like.x My gran did a great job rearing all the children especially through the war years.

  19. What a beautiful person you are. I was feeling sad today and you lifted my spirits when you could have said nothing. What a beautiful contribution to make. I can see from the comments that other people have been touched too. Thankyou. With love to you.

  20. This is three years later. This is so well written and very wise words. It is still very relevant. I know this has Reddict, but do you mind telling me what area you’re from?

  21. I heard something once that reminds me of this. It is never too late to change your attitude about life in general. “Everyone should live like they are dying, because they are, we all are”. Thank you for your words and insight, may the rest of your days be peaceful.

  22. I have been searching for many years for the meaning of my life and existence….what God put me here to do before he calls me home. There are times I think I have a glimpse of it and then there are times when I second guess what that might be. It’s a never ending quest to find the purpose and meaning he speaks about in this blog.
    At the end of life, I dont think there is satisfaction in knowing how wealthy you are or how much “stuff” you have, because there is nothing lasting about that when left to people who are going to piss it away.
    But leaving something that humanity can refer to and go back to as needed is a real purpose, whether its a song that stands the test of time, or an invention that cures cancer; we all have to find that true legacy to leave with this Earth and our planet before we take our final breath.

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