This entry is part of a blog series. Student academic peer coaches were encouraged to write about their passions, interests, and beliefs. Senior peer coach Ashley Cordt is the guest author of this post.

“You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.” – Zach Sobiech

Words from a 17-year-old who battled Osteosarcoma, a boy who proved living like you’re dying will change your life and the lives around you.

Zach had a passion for music. He used it as a way to express himself, it was his way of letting people know he is okay. Zach wrote songs for closure, giving people in his life something to lean on when he was gone. He truly started living through his music. Zach learned

Life can be so fulfilling and rewarding when we choose to live like we’re dying. Zach found his passion. He began to live through his music–allowing him to express his true feelings and make an impact. I want to take that into my own life. Here’s the idea: start living our most passionate life. It starts with us finding our passions and letting our real selves be seen. It’s a battle from within that won’t easily be won. Living fearless and chasing our dreams is not an easy commitment, but it guides us to living our best lives. Like Zach said, we don’t have to find out we are dying to start living.

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