Terminally Ill Children Share What They Loved Most About Life In Heart-Wrenching Post

“Kids can be so wise, y'know.”

So often when we want insight and perspective about the meaning of life, we go to our elders who've lived through long stretches of both ups and downs. But the truth is, it doesn't matter how long you've been here, even the youngest person can grasp the importance of life.

Alastair McAlpine, a Cape Town pediatrician, has the internet in tears with a heart-melting Twitter thread sharing what  terminally ill children love most in life. "For an assignment, I asked some of my terminal pediatric palliative care patients what they had enjoyed in life, and what gave it meaning," He wrote in his post. "Kids can be so wise, y'know."


The doctor started off with what was not important. None of the kids mentioned anything about television or social media, which are things many of us excessively consume in our daily lives.

Many of the kids named their parents as what made them most happy. They also expressed worries no child should ever have to have to face.

What was most important to the children were their pets, their family, and, of course, ice cream.

But it wasn't just the special people or things in their lives that made these kids happy, also the moments of kindness, togetherness, and laughter. It's these intangible treasures of life that really stay with us.

McAlpine ended his thread with a powerful reminder for all.  "Be kind," he wrote. "Tell that special person you love them. These are the things these kids wished they could've done more. The rest is details."

The doctor’s words racked up thousands upon thousands of retweets and responses.

Stories like this are a great reminder of how important it is to value ourselves and each other, and to pay attention to the things that matter. Unfortunately, some people don't realize this until it's too late. Life can get so demanding, whether it's work, responsibilities, or difficult circumstances. It's important to take a moment to breathe and cherish moments with your loved ones. The thing that stresses you out today may not even be a memory a year from now. Evaluate what serves you, take joy in what makes you happy, and live like there's no tomorrow. 

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