On the 27th of February 2015, Reddit user “mylasttie,” whose username refers to his having already chosen the tie he’ll wear on his funeral in a few months, posted an inspirational letter called “Soon I will be gone forever, but that’s okay as long as someone reads this.” In it, he claims that he has been diagnosed with cancer a little too late and has no more hopes for recovery, but wants to make sure that he “leave[s] this world a little better than it was before [he] existed with [his] contributions.” From his point of view, he hasn’t done “anything impactful” throughout his life for his existence and journey to afterlife to matter, and has written this motivational post due to a “selfish reason” of wanting to leave an impact. Regardless of his intentions, his points are clear and applicable to anyone. Below are things that “mylasttie” wants you to take away from his experience, using his exact words:
- 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.
“mylasttie,” whose real name hasn’t been revealed at the time of this post, goes on to share his other realizations about life.
“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,” he says. “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.”
He makes a valid point; while health is without a doubt paramount, what you do with your healthy body is what matters in the end. A person who had six months to live but did things that positively impacted others would have accomplished more than a person who
lived existed for eighty more years and did nothing meaningful with his or her life.
The person concludes his post with a simple yet powerful message:
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!
As for the last tie that he’ll ever wear?