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6 Lessons from Zach Sobiech

6 Lessons from Zach Sobiech

Many of you sent me Zach Sobiech‘s incredibly inspiring story about his teenage life with cancer and death yesterday. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and to all those that were close to him.

What struck me most about watching SoulPancake’s video about his last days was how Zach chose to live. “You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living!” 

Here are 6 lessons I learned from Zach Sobiech:

1) Start Living! What is one thing you can do today to feel more alive? Sing a song? Dance around your house? Hug someone? Go skinny dipping? 

2) Live your dreams! Zach wanted to write and sing songs, so he did, and look at what an incredible impact he made! Be sure to check out his song, “Clouds.”

3) If you love someone, let them know! It was so clear watching Zach’s video that everyone he loved knew it. Who do you love? Do they know? Tell them today!

4) “Things are okay when you believe in something greater!” Zach’s sister said he was a testament to this idea. What is your dream? What is your greater? What do you believe in? How can you share that message with the world?

5) Trust in Life’s Surprises. There’s a great scene in the video below where Zach gets in the car, and his girlfriend says we’re not going to school today. He looks confused and a bit uncertain, but he trusts her and puts away what he’s supposed to do that day. There are times life offers us another direction–it’s up to us to take it!

6) See the Good in People! Zach clearly always looked for the good in people, and it is always there when we open our eyes to it. How can you see the good in people you interact with today? At the grocery store? In traffic? At the office? 

I highly encourage you to meet Zach Sobiech and watch the imbedded video! He’s clearly an incredible soul who made a huge impact in his short time on earth. The beauty of Zach is that he’s an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life, and we all have that ability and opportunity if we choose it!

Thank you, Zach, for sharing your life with us and for reminding us in a beautiful way why every day of life is precious!

 

Jacqueline
Jacqueline has always been an explorer at heart. Whether it was as a little girl climbing the tallest trees in the forest behind her house or as a 20-something living in rural China, Jacqueline loves adventure and the unknown. Read more about her and "6 Months to Live" in the site's "About" section. Thanks for reading!

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    Toni » 21. May, 2013

    Two words Jacqueline: just beautiful!

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    Jacqueline » 21. May, 2013

    Thank you, Toni! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it.

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    CeCe » 21. May, 2013

    I posted about Zach earlier today when tons of my nursing friends started reposting it on facebook. Kids like Zach is why I love what I do, I have met so many amazing kids like Zach that put most adults to shame. I totally thought of you when I saw the video.

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    Jacqueline » 21. May, 2013

    I forgot that you were a nurse, CeCe! I’m sure you’ve met some incredible people, and they’re lucky to have a nurse like you! :)

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    Arianna » 21. May, 2013

    Love how we both posted about Zach today. I saw the video and had to share with you :) Zach is such a beautiful soul.

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    Jacqueline » 21. May, 2013

    I saw that too! Thanks for sharing the video, lady! I’m so glad that I got a chance to know Zach and am sending gratitude for such an amazing soul and condolences to all his loved ones.

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    Paul Farrugia (globalhelpswap) » 22. May, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I can hardly write as the tears fall down my face. Beautiful x

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    Jacqueline » 22. May, 2013

    So glad that it moved you, Paul! I feel the same way!

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    Melissa » 23. May, 2013

    He was such a beautiful soul – I wish more people had similar positive outlooks on life. Thank you for summarizing the video into those 6 important points – I’ve personally watched the video a few times and have cried each time. Live your dreams, love your life, and put some faith out into the universe. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jacqueline » 24. May, 2013

    He really was, Melissa! Love that quote, Melissa! “Life your dreams, love your life, and put some path out into the universe!” Thanks for reading! :)

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    Cameron Ohara » 26. May, 2013

    That is too cool. :)

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    Jacqueline » 28. May, 2013

    Thanks Cameron! He’s an amazing soul!

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    Roxi » 28. May, 2013

    Wonderful reminders to live our lives to the fullest and be PRESENT! thank you, Jacqueline :)

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    Jacqueline » 28. May, 2013

    Thanks for commenting, Roxi! Glad that you enjoyed the post! :)

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    Kristen » 13. Jun, 2013

    I watched this video when it first went viral, and it made me BAWL for 20 minutes straight. Just watched it again, because I think it’s one of those things that ignites something within you to go for what you want, wear your heart on your sleeve and make people happy. Love.

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    Jacqueline » 13. Jun, 2013

    Love the video too, Kristen! He was an amazing soul and person! And love your quote: “Just watched it again, because I think it’s one of those things that ignites something within you to go for what you want, wear your heart on your sleeve and make people happy.” Keep up your awesomeness and all you bring to the world! :)

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    Kristen » 14. Jun, 2013

    I wish I would have had the pleasure of knowing him! Keep being awesome yourself! :)

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    Altomare » 06. Nov, 2013

    Amazing :) I love you guys !!!

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    Jacqueline » 08. Nov, 2013

    Awwww…thanks! So glad to hear it! :)

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    Lynn » 28. May, 2014

    Beautiful tribute to a great guy – I must listen to him sing “Clouds” almost every day because he inspires me – he was a beautiful soul…..

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