Dr. Paul Kalanithi to his infant daughter:
When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.
Paul was a Stanford neurosurgeon that died on March 9, 2015 of non-small-cell EGFR-positive lung cancer. He was 37, his daughter is 8 months old.