We have no idea how much time we’ll have on Earth. That’s why, as cheesy as it sounds, it’s so important that we make the best of our lives and enjoy them as much as possible.
Still, we’re all guilty of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We start to focus more on the things that stress us out rather than being grateful for the people we love and the experiences we’re lucky enough to have. As the saying goes, we often don’t realize what we have until we lose it — a tragic reality Holly Butcher had to accept when she learned she’d never grow old.
The young woman from New South Wales, Australia, was just 27 years old when she passed away from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the bones of children and young adults.
She didn’t want to leave behind her life and loved ones, but as she put it in her final days, “the control is out of my hands.”
So in the face of death, she embraced her mortality. She wrote about all the little, insignificant things she’d come to realize didn’t matter, describing what she’d miss the most about her short yet happy life.