Zach Sobiech was an 18-year-old teenager, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of 14. He died on May 20, 2013, but not before he left an impression on the world that is being felt by millions.
We never know when it may be our time to go. We often live our days in this constant manner of invulnerability, especially the younger we are. It is often not until something as eminent and inevitable as death, that we are awakened to the fact that nothing we do is more important than our time. Something as destructive and terminal as cancer often destroys the spirit and will of many people. Zach Sobiech took on a different approach. He lived the final days of his life with richness and happiness. His experience and story is more than a source of inspiration, it is a pure indicator of the joy that comes from living a full life regardless of how long your life is. Zach’s story and song touched my heart, not because he had cancer and made a great documentary, but because he genuinely lived his life to the fullest.
There is something to be said about living your life to the fullest. I preach about this concept all the time, but I sometimes find myself as somewhat of a hypocrite as I’m not always living it the way I know I can. I often postpone things like complete full love, time with friends and family etc. for “better times” or when “I make it”. Zach’s story serves as a reminder to live everyday like its your last because you never really know. I am not condoning living recklessly and not planning for a future, but we should not be so consumed with preparing for happiness down the road in life without living our best in the now. Zach’s documentary and song are very inspiring, and I’m glad to have the privilege of sharing his messages.
Zach, I will never have the opportunity to meet you, but I thank you for positively affecting my life and the lives of millions of others. Your life was not in vain in the least bit and I only hope, I can get the true courage to follow your suit and really live life to the fullest everyday!
Thank You Zach Sobiech.