One year to live

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“You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.”

~Zach Sobiech

It’s been a busy “News” week, and I wanted to point out a story to you just in case it got lost in the shuffle.  Last May, Zach Sobiech’s doctors told him he only had a year to live.  He was battling a type of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma and, despite everyone’s best efforts, the cancer was winning.  Zach died on Monday.  He had a brief life (he was only 18 when he died), but he made the most of the time he had. 

One of the core tenets of our philosophy here at Intentional Retirement is to get off the deferred life plan.  Zach embodied that so well.  Rainn Wilson (a.k.a. Dwight from The Office) made a short documentary about Zach and I thought it offered a great reminder to the rest of us to live an intentional, full life.  If you haven’t seen it already, I promise you it’s worth a few minutes of your time.  You can watch it on YouTube by clicking the link below:

Before I go, two quick things:

  1. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
  2. I just finished a new eBook that I will be releasing in the next week or two.  It will be free at the site and will go out automatically to email subscribers (i.e. anyone who received this email).  Keep an eye out for it.  I think you’ll really enjoy it.

~ Joe


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