Holly Butcher, who recently died at age 27 of a rare form of cancer that affects the bones, wrote a letter to her friends and family in her last week of life-giving wise and moving advice about how to get the most out of whatever time we each have on Earth.  I’ve gleaned 14 life lessons from the young Australian woman’s incredible letter that I think carry profound lessons for us all. Here they are, with words from her letter quoted below each lesson, in Australian spellings just as she wrote them:

1. Life is a gift and your time could be up at any moment.
“It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right. I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy. But the control is out of my hands.”

2. Your problems are tiny and often meaningless.
“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.”

3. Stop worrying about the small stuff – and when things don’t go your way.
“Let all that s— go … I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole.” READ MORE