What would you do if you knew when you were going to die? Would you get depressed and go about mourning? Or would you make a “bucket list” and go on the adventure of a lifetime? David Menasche did the latter. Seven years ago a high school teacher named David Menasche discovered that he has an inoperable brain tumor, and he is going to die. But quite unlike what many of us would expect he is actually happy.
“Well that’s one of the perks of being told that you’re gonna die,” explained Menasche in an interview with CNN, “You don’t have a lot left to be afraid of.”
After discovering that his brain tumor was inoperable David Menasche revealed that he felt a sense of urgency. He wanted to know if the work he had done as a teacher had made an impact on the lives of his students. He wanted to know that he was leaving a legacy. So he packed up and began traveling. He set out to visit his former students.
This led him on the adventure of a lifetime. As a result of his adventure David Menasche wrote a book called The Priority List, which was released earlier this month. The most common reaction Menasche got when he saw his former students was, “what are you doing here?!” The biggest lesson that David learned was that he did in fact make a difference in the lives of his students and the people they had become.
David’s story is inspirational because it seems more common for people to live their last days for themselves, while David wanted to ensure that others were doing well and enjoying the gift of reading and writing that he had helped instill in them. He has found new purpose in reaching out to his former students. In a strange way, pouring out his life and passion for teaching his students is for himself because “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
What would you do if you found out you only had a short time left to live? Let us know in the comments below.