It’s been a year later since I posted this originally. I’m thinking about the friends who inspired it (one of them passed about this time a few years ago). http://goodmorninggratitude.com/2012/07/12/mac-and-the-banger/
While not a first-hand personal experience, I have had friends who knew they were in the last few months of their life and had them share some of the wisdom facing death brought them. To a person the near end of days brought a kinder and a gentler nature.
My friends who were faced with a soon to come reality of dying seemed to love more deeply and express how they felt more openly. Things mattered little and people were about all they cared about. Their primary regrets I recall them sharing were not doing things they had wanted to do, working/chasing money too much and not spending more time with people they loved.
No one close to me wrote down their thoughts as death drew near, but what is just below I believe expresses what they left behind in their own way.
Give yourself permission to take a moment to really look at yourself & where you are.
Create some room for those voices in your head to speak their mind, & then try to hear them.
Be fearless with change – it might be the best thing you ever did.
Let go those things that aren’t a reflection of who you want to be & who you really are.
Be what you were meant to be in all its crazy shapes and guises – why wait?
Love who you have been, who you are now & who you are going to be – it’s all you.
Move in a direction that enhances, empowers and deepens your life.
It turns out that no one can imagine what’s really coming in our lives. We can plan, and do what we enjoy, but we can’t expect our plans to work out. Some of them might, while most probably won’t. Inventions and ideas will appear, and events will occur, that we could never foresee. That’s neither bad nor good, but it is real.
From a last post by Derek K Miller of Vancouver, Canada on May 4, 2011, shortly before his death from cancer.
Two friends now gone taught me a great deal about living by how they acted facing death. Tears well up as I think about Mac and Bill (better know as “The Banger”) and how much I love them still, even in their absence, and how grateful I am my life was blessed with their presence.
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying.
Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day.
Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now!
There are only so many tomorrows.”
Pope Paul VI