“Life is short,” they say, which is true. People never fully know when their lives would end, and that is why each and every day should be spent like it’s the last. People have their own timelines in this world. There are people who are fortunate enough to have long lives until they age, but there are also others whose lives are cut short.
Athena Orchard, for instance, died shortly after her 13th birthday. She was a cheerful girl who has a lot of good friends, and she has a big family with six sisters and three brothers. Everything was good in her life until she collapsed in the kitchen one day.
She was brought to a hospital, and she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She had undergone a surgery and chemotherapy wherein she lost all of her hair. Athena remained optimistic throughout all of it, but her condition was severe, and she eventually died surrounded with her family.
A few days after she passed away, her father found a hidden message behind her mirror while he was tidying up her room. According to her father, “I couldn’t believe it. It was almost 3,000 words long. It totally blew me away. I started reading the words, but I had to stop after a while, it was simply too much – it broke my heart.”
Athena’s handwritten final message had some beautiful quotes in it, and the following are some of them:
“Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Happiness is a direction not a destination. Thank you for existing. Be happy, be free, believe, forever young.
You know my name, not my story. You have heard what I’ve done, but not what I’ve been through. Love is like glass, looks so lovely, but it’s easy to shatter.
Every day is special, so make the most of it. You could get a life-ending illness tomorrow so make the most of every day. Life is only bad if you make it bad.
Love is rare, life is strange, nothing lasts and people change. Life is a game for everyone but love is the only prize.
If someone loves you then they wouldn’t let you slip away no matter how hard the situation is. Remember that life is full of ups and downs, without the downs the ups don’t mean anything.
I’m waiting to fall in love with someone I can open my heart to.
Love is not about who you can see spending your future with it’s about who you can’t see spending your life without.
There is no reason to cry, because I’ll know you’ll be by my side.”