Powerful Words from a 24-Year-Old at the End of His Life

By on Friday August 4th, 2017

What Would You Tell Others If You Knew Your Time Was Nearly Up?

Most of us go through our days on autopilot, not really living; merely existing. We have so much outwardly, but feel so empty and lost on the inside. We allow our minds to keep us up late at night, mulling over things that don’t really matter in the end, such as bills, money, what others think of us, etc.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

Of course, none of us truly knows the answers and what happens to us after this life, and we’ve all been thrown into the same boat. How we navigate our lives, however, and the choices we make along the way, define our character and our existence. Our experiences and choices shape us, but many of us spend our lives locked into commitments; chasing money and power and stability, instead of digging deep within us.

We count down the hours on the clock until we can go home for the day, rest, and do it all again the next day. We all run around chasing something and wake up one day wondering why we even chased it. It may not matter to you now what you do with each day of your life, but maybe this advice from a dying 24-year-old will give you a wake-up call.

Are you bored with your life?Do you get excited for each day?

He posted his story on a Reddit thread, and ever since, it’s gone viral. We hope you will take some wisdom away from this young man, and realize that we only have a short time on this planet. We might as well make the most of it, and love and live as authentically as we possibly can before our time is up.

Read on for the letter, and share it far and wide if you feel inclined to do so.

A Dying 24-Year-Old’s Advice

“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.

My last tieThe tie I will wear to my funeral.

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.

Appreciate those around youRemember to appreciate your friends and family. Moments with them are precious.

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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15 Responses to Powerful Words from a 24-Year-Old at the End of His Life

  1. Although an old post it conveys much wisdom from this young man for which we are grateful. If only more people would look into Gods word & come to know the true outcome for mankind. We all have the same choice, put before us by Almighty God but how many of us take the time to learn what those choices are. God gave us free will to make those choices. Jesus spoke of the resurrection hope when he was on earth,if anyone would like to know more please go to http://www.jw.org – I hope the comfort that only God can give is found by many.

  2. You are a very wise young man I’m 75 and like lots of us have wasted lots of our lives .just worrying about one thing or another .Your live is inportent and you will be remembered
    for your wise word by lots and lots of people .and your family and friend will have learnt a lot from you .It who you are that matters not what you have God Love and be with you on your next journey. All my Love Ann x

  3. Extremely meaningful for all of us. As a High School teacher, I mean to share it with my students who, sometimes, seem to be drifting in and out of their days. Hope they find some meaning or message to pick up from it.

  4. What a wonderful article it really resonated with me. Thanks Span. My God bless you. If you’re still alive may almighty stretch your live. If not I hope you the best in your future live

  5. I am the mother of a son who lost his life to bone cancer,also at the young age of 24…my heart goes out to the family of this dear man,who wad so brave to share his heart with others.this life we have is precious and we dont know when we will take our ladt breath….my son was preparing to go to his new life in Heaven,and I know I will see him there someday.We place so much focus on the here and now,we forget that eternity will last forever,and that the choices we make in this life,determines where we will spend our etetnity.GOD bless this family.I hold you close in my heart and prayers.

  6. After reading this full article, tears started to roll down from my eyes.Thank you so much for this great,beautiful, emotional and life inspiring article.I will pray that the Almighty will extend your life span. Enjoy the last days of your life with full happiness and power buddy. Love you:)

  7. Im Touched by this….thank you so much for such wise words.May the good lord be with you an everyone else in this planet.

      • The real post is from 3 years ago so I guess the boy’s gone now – no idea why the jour almost decided to write about it so much time later. There is a link to the reddit post in the article.

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