A 24-year-old man who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer wrote a heart-breaking and life-affirming post on Reddit that has made some people really open their eyes and look at their own lives.
The man, who didn’t identify himself, had the user name mylasttie. That was a reference to how how the young man had already chosen his last tie—the one he’d wear to his funeral.
The man titled his post, “Soon I will be gone forever, but that’s okay as long as someone reads this.”
The post when hugely viral, so the man’s goal of having people read his post was definitely met. But the post itself is very powerful, so maybe grab a few tissues before proceeding.
He began by explaining that he was only 24, but that the already knew he’d be dead within a few months. He showed the tie he’d chosen for his funeral, a cheerful one festooned with little yellow duckies.
He wrote how he believed that people should try to leave the world a little better than it was before they entered it and that he believed the loss of his life wouldn’t matter because he had never done anything “impactful.”
So he decided the most he had to offer was his view on what the most important things in life were, from the point of view of someone who didn’t have a lot of time left.
He shared some tips on how he believed people blessed with abundant time should spend it.
It involved some familiar ideas, like that it’s not a good idea to devote time to doing something you hate, and that it’s not important to give weight to other people’s opinions of you.
He wrote about how important it was to take control of one’s own life, and to “limit bad habits and try to lead a healthier life.” And he mentioned how crucial it is not to waste time.
He also wrote that people should appreciate the people they have around them—friends, family, everything—and told people to remember not to take them for granted.
He ends his note by saying that people should make their time here on Earth count, and live it with passion.