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Live Like Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech died a couple of days ago, on May 20th, 2013. Zach was a normal teenager, well, except for the bone cancer…

Now may I present a classic example of putting something off until it is too late? That was going to be the point of this post… Don’t wait because tomorrow might not come.

Tim McGraw said it in the song, “Live Like You Were Dying”, don’t wait, live your life right now. Zach is a testament to this ideal. If you don’t know about Zach, here’s a little background. When Zach was 14 he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, bone cancer. He put up a good fight, chemo & radiation, all the while keeping a great attitude and bringing out the best from his loving family. In May last year (2012), the prognosis grew dim, lose his leg and most of his pelvis or die. Zach and his family chose the second option. The quality of his life was what mattered, not the length.

Lesson 1: Squeeze every drop of “quality” out of your life each day. Zach Sobiech did.

A few weeks ago, I learned about Zach by watching a short film about him on YouTube. For me, Zach’s story was so inspiring, that I immediately grabbed the link and posted it here (in draft form), with the good intention of writing a post to go along with it. Well, you know what “they” say about good intentions… They suck if not acted upon! Oh wait, that’s me saying that… Don’t suck, do it, what ever it is, now.

Daily we are presented with opportunities to take action, to do something meaningful, cool, or fun, maybe its picking up the phone and telling your sister you love her, or saying yes to an invitation from a friend. Whatever it is, we all squander these chances every day. The truth is, sometimes we don’t get the opportunity again, so not acting is a bad option.

Lesson 2: Don’t put things off, tomorrow might just be to late.

It cannot be overstated how inspirational and influential Zach has been — his song “Clouds” currently has over 4,700,000 views, and that number is rapidly climbing. The song is also #1 in the iTunes store. His message that “You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living” is very moving, and an important lesson for the millions of Zach Sobiech’s followers, me included.

Crisises tend to pull people together – in Zach’s case he seemed to be an instigator of love. With his parents, his brother, his sisters, his friends and even a girlfriend, who didn’t start dating until he knew he was terminal. Now this is an amazing part of the story. The girl talked it over with her mother – the dating Zach part. Her mother asked if she would still date him if there was no cancer? The answer, a resounding yes, and then a big plunge.

Imagine, finding the love of your young life and knowing from the moment you start down this path, that this will not be “happily ever after” or “forever”, but rather, “for a while” and “right now”… Imagine how you would experience and play out that Love Story. Pretty amazing opportunity, right?

Lesson 3: Love like today is your only day to experience this LOVE!

If you like to learn more about Zach, visit Zach Sobiech – Children’s Cancer Research Fund and donate a little something if you like.

Travel well Zach Sobiech and God Speed!

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