D.I.P. Die in Peace

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?

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6 thoughts on “D.I.P. Die in Peace

  1. Caitlin,

    Thanks for the post and sharing the video. I loved Paulo Coelho’s book “The Alchemist.” This is a great message and it’s wonderful that he is now doing well.

    My thoughts are very similar. I also want to know that I gave it my all. That would be my main concern. That’s really all you can ever ask of yourself. I want to “go for it” in every aspect of my life.

    I’ve noticed that the main things I regret in life (and there aren’t many and I don’t spend too much time thinking about them) are where I didn’t go for something that I wanted. I let my fear get the best of me. And who knows what would have happened if I went for it, but at least I would have known that I tried my best.

    Fortunately, this hasn’t happened much since I have typically pursued what I want. But it’s a good reminder to keep “going for it” now.

    • Hi Greg,

      I’m glad you mention regrets. One of my biggest things is that I don’t want to regret things in my life (a primary reason for starting a blog like this). If we at least give it our alls, if we at least go for it, who knows? And like you say, at least you tried.

      I’m glad you are someone who typically “goes for it.” That’s what I aspire to be like!

      Thanks for sharing, as always!

  2. There is a famous quote about this but I do not remember the author:
    “Live your life as if it was your last day, live your last day as if it was an ordinary day”.

    Probably if I can achieve this I will D.I.P.

  3. I’ll do it tomorrow. It can wait until next week. Some other time…..These are all examples of expressing procrastination. We think we have plenty of time. I wrote a post called “If Not Now, Then When” one year ago on this subject.

    A friend of mine died unexpectedly at the age of 47 in 2009. It was a shock. I keep her mass card on my refrigerator door as a reminder how life can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Terri’s card acts as an anchor. If I’m considering putting something off, I look at Terri and get into action. If I’m upset about something, I put my fingers on her face and she reminds me the triviality of the matter.

    Caitlin, thanks for this post.

    • Hi Steve,

      That’s a great point–I too have written on living like we only have so much time left (because we do). Remembering that life can end sooner than planned is so important to making sure we do everything that we want. I don’t want to be 85 and suddenly go, wow, I really wanted to hike Everest, or gee, I really should have taken that opportunity.

      Thanks for sharing!

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