My post earlier this week on Osama bin Laden’s death stirred up a tiny minority of readers.
It wasn’t my goal to be “political” or “arrogant” – it was my goal to express and ask the tough questions I was struggling with. That said, I know death – especially in that situation – can be controversial.
Today, however, I stumbled across another story of a death. And once again, I’m moved to share this with you.
Yesterday, Derek K. Miller posted his “Last Post” on his blog (or rather his family did).
You see, “Derek doesn’t exist anymore” (as he says it). He succumbed to cancer – a fate all his loved ones and readers knew was coming. I didn’t know Derek or his writing before today – but there have been very few posts that have impacted me the way this one did.
Before he lost his battle with cancer, Derek wrote his last post – and asked his family to post it once he passed.
He reflects on his life and his view of the world – which whether you agree with it or not – has tear-inducing power.
One line above all stuck with me.
As he says his final goodbyes to his wife and two young daughters, he states “I don’t look back and regret anything, and I hope my family can find a way to do the same.”
Remember, this blog is about our journey (and your journey) to consciously live life. Taking back control of your finances is a HUGE step in this process – but it’s not the only step.
In my mind, stories like this are the reason this journey is worth it. It’s the reason we attack our debt… the reason we purge our meaningless stuff… the reason we ruthlessly pursue our true passions.
I don’t know about you, but my ultimate goal is to be like Derek.
I want to be able to proudly say – both now and on my death bed…
“I don’t look back and regret anything”.
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