Looking for good advice for everyone and anyone? Try reading what this 27-year-old has to say about life before losing the battle to cancer.
Holly Butcher, a 27-year-old woman from Grafton, Australia, shares some good advice for everyone on her Facebook page.
She posted it right before she passed away. Butcher had been battling Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that affects young people.
Butcher’s brother and her partner Dean, started a memorial Facebook account, announcing her passing.
“It is with great sadness that we announce Holly’s passing in the early hours of this morning,” they wrote on Jan. 4, 2018.
As you would expect, Holly prepared a short message for you all, which will be posted above.”
Butcher’s viral message brought the internet to tears.
Her message amassed over 111,000 Likes and 147,000 shares across the world. It is too beautiful not to share.
These are our FAVOURITE pieces of advice by Holly:
1. Love your body
“Work and exercise may seem like such trivial things … until your body doesn’t allow you to do either of them. Appreciate your good health and functioning body—even if it isn’t your ideal size. Look after it and embrace how amazing it is. Move it and nourish it with fresh food. Don’t obsess over it.”
Don’t obsess over it. Obsessing over how our body measures up against other people is something most of us are guilty of. Butcher thinks we should have a different outlook on that.
2. Give with your whole heart
“Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. Buy your friend something kind… Take them out for a meal, or better yet, cook them a meal. Shout their coffee. Give/ buy them a plant, a massage or a candle and tell them you love them when you give it to them.”
When’s the last time you bought your friend a meal or a gift without worrying about the price tag and what you would have to give up in return?
3. Value time
“Get ready earlier if you are one of those people and appreciate that your friends want to share their time with you, not sit by themselves, waiting on a mate.”
Yup. Nothing is more irritating than having to wait for someone, especially if you both have promised each other to be on time.
4. Experience life
“Use your money on experiences… Or at least don’t miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material shit.
Put in the effort to do that day trip to the beach you keep putting off. Dip your feet in the water and dig your toes in the sand. Wet your face with salt water. Get amongst nature. Try just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone.”
Preach it, sister.
5. Live in the moment
“Listen to music. Cuddle your dog. Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. 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.”
Reading her post, you wonder why you’re not already doing all of this when you have so much of life to live.
6. Do what you love
“Don’t feel pressured to do what other people might think is a fulfilling life. If something is making you miserable, you do have the power to change it – in work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change.”
You may hate the job you’re at right now. So why bother staying? Or you might really not be comfortable in your body and find it hard to love yourself. Find a routine you love and work towards a healthier body you CAN love.
7. Start doing good
“Do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood. It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives. I feel like it is something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple.”
Blood bags kept Butcher alive for an extra year. You can make a difference with just a small gesture.
Butcher’s post really hits home with many and people have been pouring out their hearts to say how much her words mean to them.
Read Holly Butcher’s full post here.
Like this article and want to read more like it?