Many people don’t comprehend how precious life is. A lot of us take our own health for granted, as any day it can all be taken away. That’s why we must live life to the fullest and be ourselves, no matter what the circumstances are.
Holly Butcher knew what this was like. The Australian native had been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. By the time she was only 26, it ended up getting much worse.
Knowing that she didn’t have long left, she wanted to leave something that we could all look at, to help us cherish what we have just a little more.
On January 4 of this year, Holly Butcher lost her fight against cancer. But she didn’t depart from this Earth without leaving something for it.
She had written a letter meant to be posted to her Facebook page after she passed.
Her family had posted it on her behalf, the same day that she passed. This post is a lengthy one, but you can tell that the woman put all of her heart into it.
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The first sentence of the post starts, “It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young.”
She talks about how she imagined growing old with her family and the kids she planned on having, until she got the news. Butcher’s mindset was woven into her main point.
“That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.”
Butcher knew that a lot of us take life itself for granted. It’s possible she did as well at one point, before everything changed.
People live their lives normally not recognizing that one thing can happen at any time to change it all. She probably never thought that she would pass away that early in life. Therefore, Butcher is pushing us to get out of that mindset of taking things for granted.
Butcher said, “Try just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone.”
This is also crucial to her point; all of the things people her age would worry about, like taking hours to get ready for a night out, and looking good on social media, are minuscule in the grand scheme of life.
She even said these were the last things on her mind when she was dying, and implied they get in the way of enjoying life.
The importance of giving is also brought up. “It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself.”
Butcher wished that she gave more during her life, and wanted others to do so—to bring them joy. There’s nothing quite like seeing how happy someone gets when you give them a gift.
Towards the end, she stressed the significance of blood donations, claiming that they alone gave her an extra year of life.
“If you can, do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood,” she said, as something as small as that can go a long way for those who need it.
She ended with an “Xoxo,” showing love to everyone one last time before signing off.
The post has over 100,000 likes and has been shared more than 90,000 times in the week since it was posted.
Even if Butcher had a wrench thrown into her future, she did her best to make the most of it, and died knowing that she did.
Butcher clearly wanted to make a statement once she passed. The fact that the post has gone viral only reassures the impact she’s made on the thousands of people that read it.
And everything she said is true, as our society does worry too much about things that shouldn’t matter.
What does matter is using the time we have now to love our friends and family, and making sure that we appreciate them more than anything in this world.