I couldn't sleep. It was horrible. I was up at 11:00pm, 1:30am and then 4:00am. I struggled to make it to 4:45am and finally decided that I was going to start my day. I hopped on Facebook to check what my friends were up to. One of them had posted a video and noted it was quite moving. I don't normally watch these videos, but this had me from the beginning. I laid in bed for the full 22 minutes and shed tears the entire time.
What's the video?
It's about Zach Sobiech, a 14 year-old kid who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Zach was given six months to live. He wanted to become a musician so he made it happen. Unfortunately, he passed away on May 20, 2013. This video has been circulating the internet like wildfire. Grab some tissues and watch it:
Pretty amazing, huh? It still has me thinking. Specifically this quote from Zach:
"It's really simple, actually. Just try and make people happy.... you might have to learn it the hard way, but as long as you learn it, you're going to make the world a better place."
It's so true. Why do we try to make ourselves happy when true happiness occurs when we help others? Think about it. Are you happy when you're eating a piece of chocolate cake? (well, hell yeah)? Or, are you happier when you hold the door open for someone, they look you in the eye, and say thank you?
For me, it's the door-holding.
Just help people out. And you'll become happier in the process.
I don't know why this video struck a chord with me. Zach had so much life in him. So much joy. I only knew him for 22 minutes, but he lived a beautiful life. A life anyone without terminal cancer should live. Which leads me to the question I've pondered all week:
Why do we have to wait for bad news to make our lives worth living?