I just watched the newest video post from Paulo Coelho, author of books such as “The Alchemist,” and was intriqued by the ominous title “You Are Going to Die in 30 Days.” In his video, Paulo Coelho discusses the impact of learning that he would die in thirty days and how and why he knew he could die in peace.
“I said, to myself, you know? I’m always telling people that we have to face death, and now here am I facing death, real death, not something that I’m theorizing or I make some theories about–and, I will die in peace.” –P.C.
Paulo Coelho felt fine, but opted to get checked out by a doctor–and then found out he had two pinched areas of a coronary artery–and would die in 30 days. On the eve of his potentially heart-attack-causing angioplasty heart surgery,where a wire would be inserted into his artery and a tiny balloon would expand the pinched areas, he had time to reflect on his life. This reflection enabled him to know that if and when he dies, he can die in peace because he loved, experienced, and had his dreams come true.
“I will die in peace because I have loved, I have experienced, and I have had my dreams fulfilled.”–P.C.
I am a Coelho fan, so I’m glad to know he’s doing well and that the procedure has him still living life happily. This video both surprised and intrigued me, because it made me consider what it would take for me to say I could die in peace.
“When death knocks on my door, because sooner or later it will, I want to die like I could have died that day, the thirtieth of November, 2011, knowing that I fought the good fight, that I kept my faith, that I overcame all my obstacles, and that I found love. That was the most important lesson.” P.C.
For me, when death knocks on my door, I want to die knowing that I never gave up on my dreams, that I never gave up my creativity, that I overcame all my obstacles, and that I loved and found love. Essentially, I want to die knowing that I gave life my all.
What will it take for you to die in peace?