Life Changing Advice From a Dying 24 Year Old Will Make You Rethink Life

The one thing you need to hear today…

When was the last time you truly laughed until your cheekbones were hurting? Or, when was the last time you did something without thinking about it 20 times? If you took more than a couple of seconds to find answers to these questions, then I guess you’re not alive enough. Most of us are just breathing. Not living. We wake up each day with some regrets from the past, some deadlines to meet in the present and some worries of the future.  And among all the rat race going around us we forget to appreciate the little things. We forget to appreciate life.

-Why Do We Do This?

As deeply as we wish we had the answer to this, we don’t. As Gautama said- “The cause of human sufferings are due to human desires”. We spend our lives chasing materialistic goals and they just don’t seem to come to an end. Every time you achieve one thing, you are attracted to something else and that is exactly where a new race begins. It’s a never ending process. And in time, you get exhausted, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Sometimes we don’t even realise the price that we pay for these shallow sparkling luxuries. We give up our peace, our freedom and many other virtually important things. We confine ourselves in a set routine, wake up every day in a fixed hour, do the same things all over again, get back home and complain about how unhappy we are. Maybe this is why Paul Coelho said –“you think adventure is dangerous. Try routine. It’s lethal”

It may not matter to you how you spend your days now, but maybe after reading this Reddit thread of a dying 24 year old can be an eye opener for you.

The thread read as:

 “I am only 24 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!”

We hope anyone who is in dire need of this post reads it. Remember, we all are the writers of our own story. Please make yourself a protagonist who survived and conquered. Don’t be a victim. Make sure your story is just not a tragedy. Make it a successful autobiography.