Oliver Sacks on learning he has terminal cancer
the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great
altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the
connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.
the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time
that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love,
to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels
of understanding and insight.
Oh no! I did not know he had terminal cancer.ReplyDelete
But- I would expect him to say just that, what he said, about his time remaining. He IS a wonderful man.
"I rejoice when I meet gifted young people — even the one who biopsied and diagnosed my metastases. I feel the future is in good hands."ReplyDelete
So many beautiful examples of detachment with love in what Oliver Sacks wrote.
Thank you for this today.
I loved this essay. Such a good man. I just printed out the whole thing to send to my mom. I think she'll appreciate the perspective. She's going to be 90 on her next birthday and just finished reading Atul Gawande's Being Mortal. I like how she is embracing life.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness I did not realise he had terminal cancer. A wise quote.ReplyDelete