• Charlotte Thorogood

Advice from a dying 24 year old - this will make you think...

I recently read another blog sharing advice from a 24 year old man. He'd been diagnosed with terminal cancer and wanted to encourage others to live with passion and to not simply exist on auto-pilot. It really got me thinking and so I wanted it on my blog.

– 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.

Wow. He's right. There's no point moaning about that speeding ticket you received, your missed gym classes or the fact you haven't seen your friends in a while. Make changes (don't speed!) to ensure your life is the shape you want it.

– 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.

He's has a point. I mean, if you're not happy in the work you do then it won't bring out the best in you. We spend too many hours working - those should not be hours that you feel unfulfilled. No jobs perfect, but try and find something you love more than like.

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.

Making memories with friends or family are key to happiness. Things don't buy happiness, do they?

– It’s stupid to be afraid of others’ opinions. Fear weakens and paralyses 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.

You're in this world with your own opinions, your own motives and your own drive. Be confident in what you think. Don't be easily swayed or worry about what others might say.

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!

I hope that reading this blog made you think twice. I hope it makes you think about how you want to shape your life. I hope it makes you appreciate your world, and sometimes, when it feels right, push for more.

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