My third story is about death.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went somethinglike: "If you live each day as if it was your last,someday you'll most certainly be right." It made animpression on me, and since then, for the past 33years, I've looked in the mirror every morning andasked myself: "If today were the last day of my life,would I want to do what I am about to do today?" Andwhenever the answer has been "No" for too manydays in a row, I know I need to change something
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help memake the big choices in life. Because almost everything —all external expectations, all pride, all fearof embarrassment or failure —these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what istruly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap ofthinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow yourheart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearlyshowed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told methis was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longerthan three to six months.
My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for "prepareto die." It means to try and tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years totell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be aseasy as possible for your family. I means to say your goodbyes。