Oliver Sacks, the renowned neuroscientist and best selling author, has a terminal cancer, which has metastasized to his liver.
Today he took to the pages of the New York Times to say farewell. Do yourself a favor and take a moment to read his meditation on his time remaining.
Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.
On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.
This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).
Read the whole column.