It’s hard for most of us to imagine what it would be like to stare our own mortality in the face at the tender age of 26, but Holly Butcher rose to the occasion when she accepted the inevitable.
Knowing she would soon succumb to her battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, Butcher penned a heartfelt goodbye with the wisdom of a seasoned 90-year-old, Fox News reported.
A bit of life advice from Hol:
It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens.
Butcher’s raw perspective and timeless advice has gone viral for all the right reasons. The Australian native cautioned those of us who’ll be sticking around for awhile to take heed of what’s truly important.
I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts.
But the sorrow of not being able to fulfill her earthly dreams didn’t stop Butcher from sharing timeless advice the day before she passed on the 4th of January.
I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullsh*t.
Butcher warned people not to get caught up in minor annoyances, and to instead think about friends and family members who may be facing great difficulty.
Once you do that, get out there and take a freaking big breath of that fresh Aussie air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are; It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.
She said once it’s “your time to go” you’ll realize the futility of fretting over trivial things like bad traffic, extra pounds, or a bad haircut.
I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog.
Just one more.
Butcher said living a healthy life is important, but includes mental and spiritual happiness as well as physical wellbeing.
Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. I wish I did this more.
… It is a weird thing having money to spend at the end.. when you’re dying. It’s not a time you go out and buy material things that you usually would, like a new dress. It makes you think how silly it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives.
Butcher’s heartfelt note emphasized putting others before yourself, and enjoying the moment instead of trying to capture them through a lens for someone else.
Value other people’s time. Don’t keep them waiting because you are sh*t at being on time.
…Try just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone. Life isn’t meant to be lived through a screen nor is it about getting the perfect photo.. enjoy the bloody moment, people! Stop trying to capture it for everyone else.
Spending time with others and in nature was something Butcher stressed. In a world being swallowed by technology taking time to be still, reflect, and visit with friends and family is more precious than ever.
Listen to music.. really listen. Music is therapy. Old is best.
Cuddle your dog. Far out, I will miss that.
Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. Are they doing okay?
Travel if it’s your desire, don’t if it’s not.
Work to live, don’t live to work.
Seriously, do what makes your heart feel happy.
Eat the cake. Zero guilt.
Say no to things you really don’t want to do.
Don’t feel pressured to do what other people might think is a fulfilling life.. you might want a mediocre life and that is so okay.
Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance and love them with everything you have.
Finally, Butcher ended with the gift she had gotten from strangers and urged everyone to donate life saving blood. Butcher said she’d be “forever grateful” for the blood she received that allowed her to have one more year on Earth with her loved ones.
A year I had some of the greatest times of my life.
..’Til we meet again.
Butcher’s entire post can read on her Facebook page.
RIP beautiful and wise Holly Butcher.
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