This just happened to a friend of mine today, and it’s a great reminder to all of us as we go into our final week of senior year!

Here’s what she said:

While pretending to study in Starbucks this afternoon an elderly man came out of nowhere and put a cup of coffee on my table and walked away. I didn’t notice until minutes later that a letter was attached underneath. It just happen to contain some of the best advice I’ve ever received and all from a stranger:

"I couldn’t help but notice you seemed stressed and exhausted and are probably all of 22. Always remember life is not your job or your title, life is not your paycheck or your car, life is not the size of your house or the brand of your clothing; life is family, life is friends, life is fun, life is laughter. Spend time with those you love and tell them how you feel at every moment. Stop worrying, stop waiting, stop stressing; just go, just watch, just enjoy. I unfortunately didn’t realize this until I hit the ripe age of 79, but the last four years have been worth it and the best of my life. I dance (like a fool), I drink (a lot), I love (harder every day), and I laugh— really, really hard. I’m not telling you not to work hard. Work and find your place and what you love, but realize life won’t wait up for you. A second that passes is a second that’s gone. You’re young and have so much ahead. We don’t know what’s beyond us, but isn’t that the best part? I spent my entire life in the corporate world, watching weeks pass Monday through Friday from the inside of a corner office. Then I woke up one day and I was 79. I had a corner office, I had a nice car, I had an awesome condo on lake shore drive, but I had no stories, I have no grandkids, I have no pictures of annual family vacations. I don’t like to use the word regret, but I wish someone had told me at your age what I’m telling you. Promise yourself, you won’t let what happened to me happen to you. Don’t get caught, because before you know it, you’ll be 79. Make sure you have stories. Make it count.

P.S. You can drink the coffee, I promise I didn’t put anything in it. 

Happy Monday,
Al”

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    I’m not ready for college. This year has been amazing ❤
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  13. lifeinthewindycityandbeyond reblogged this from passtheranch and added:
    I love this, great advice!
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    completely worth clicking through and reading this lovely story.
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  16. machelemabelle reblogged this from lizlemon and added:
    Reminder! It’s so easy to lose sight of this, in the rat race we call life-Work to live, not live to work.