(Author's Note: I wrote and published this poem in remembrance of my young and good friend's sudden death. Thank you for sharing your life to the world.)
Live life with the image of a man on his deathbed
So that you’ll be reminded that life is short
And that you should live life to the fullest.
Be courageous to follow your dreams.
Love yourself, embrace your imperfections and be authentic
Say to people important to you what you truly feel.
Let go of hate, bitterness and mistrust
Shut down negative thoughts
Refrain from judging others
Do not get envy of others successes
Desire for wisdom, maturity and humility.
Aspire and dream for tomorrow but savor the now
Participate and give your best — let go of the rest
Inspire people and plant good seeds in their spirits
Love, accept and forgive
Think beautiful thoughts and be in gratitude
Don’t mind what others might think and say against you
If it’s not worthy, don’t take it.
But if your soul is sure that it’s worth doing, then go for it.
Never give up on something worthwhile for your life
It is easy to give up if the motives are people and social acceptance
But if the source of your inspiration is your passion and purpose
You will know that nothing will ever go wrong in the end
Difficulties and fear of failure will not rule over your head.
Touch people’s heart
Ignite their spirit
Plant wealth to everyone you meet
Because when you are on your deathbed
There’ll be no more chances to grab
So, grab the chances of this lifetime
Be strong and have faith
Forgive and move forward
Take chances and give up frustrations
‘Coz in the end all that will matter is how you lived — not what you had.
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