Paul Kalanithi, a 37-year-old Stanford neurosurgeon, passed away last year after a battle with lung cancer. To develop lung cancer at such a young age as a nonsmoker is incredibly rare. Prior to his death, he penned a transformational book to share his courageous journey from neurosurgeon-in-training to cancer patient coming to terms with his own mortality.
His moving book is characterized by a melancholy but hopeful search for meaning. In the final months of his life Dr. Kalanithi left us a gift: a primer for living.
Here are the six most important lessons I learned from When Breath Becomes Air: