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Woman's 'Note Before I Die' Post Might Be The Most Important Viral Post You'll Ever Read

At 25 years old, Holly Butcher was like most 25-year-olds. She assumed life would go on... and on.

She thought she would enjoy her youth, marry the love of her life, have lots of kids and grandkids, and get old and wrinkled and gray. At 26 years old, Butcher was diagnosed with cancer, and her life, and thinking, began to change.

Now, at 27 years old, her cancer has entered the final stage, and Butcher is living out her last days. She wrote what she calls a 'note before I die', and it's advice that everyone needs.

"A bit of life advice from Hol," she starts in the open letter to everyone. "It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young."

"It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens."

Butcher admits that she loves life and doesn't want to go, but the matter is out of her hands now. All she has left to do is to squeeze everything she can out of what little time she has left.

She's urging everyone else to not wait, and do the same, right now.

"I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullsh-t," she wrote.

Butcher went on to elaborate on a lot of thoughts she'd been having lately. She doesn't understand why humans will waste hours in front of the mirror doing hair and makeup, or waste money on material things like the latest fashions, or waste worries on trivial things like a chipped nail.

"Those times you are whinging about ridiculous things (something I have noticed so much these past few months), just think about someone who is really facing a problem. Be grateful for your minor issue and get over it."

"It’s okay to acknowledge that something is annoying but try not to carry on about it and negatively effect other people’s days," Butcher advises.

The dying woman encourages people to focus on experiences rather than material things. She urges everyone to quit whining and live life to the fullest: go to the beach and dip your toes in the water, take exciting vacations or spend more time cuddling your dog.

Don't sweat the small stuff, she basically says.

She also urges people to do more for others: "Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself."

"I wish I did this more," Butcher admits. "

"Since I have been sick, I have met the most incredibly giving and kind people and been the receiver of the most thoughtful and loving words and support from my family, friends and strangers; More than I could I ever give in return. I will never forget this and will be forever grateful to all of these people."

Before signing off, she had one last request for everyone: donate 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," she says.

"Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) helped keep me alive for an extra year - a year I will be forever grateful that I got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog. A year I had some of the greatest times of my life," she concluded.

Shortly after penning the letter, Butcher died. But her legacy will live on in her words.

Since she shared the post it's been shared more than 60,000 times. It's gotten 42,000 likes and more than 14,000 comments.

Source: BuzzFeed
Photo: Holly Butcher/Facebook

Here's the full, inspiring note.

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