Extract from the book- “What They Asked Me: The Fear of Living and Dying Young” by Mwanandeke Kindembo.
Q36. As a dying person, what is your advice to the living?
Here is a little note that I left before I died. I did not commit suicide, but I knew when I was going to die. Please wipe your tears and take a deep breath before reading.
“I died adoring God. I lived my whole life without any superstition, and I know that you will be my witness on this matter.
I loved and treated you all equally as myself. I walked in this world with humility and I felt humble enough deep inside my heart.
My heart was always full of happiness while my mind swims in ideas. I was more than addicted to knowledge. Learning was my motto of life. Not because some people believe knowledge is power. I did it for my own benefits as well as yours!
Love and take great care of each other. Respect those who respect you and those who does the opposite. Be humble or you will be humbled in life. Keep learning. Not for money, but to keep you awake 24/7. Be ahead of yourself. Compete with no one except yourself.
Recommend virtue to your children not money. I know money is important in life. So, I come to conclude that; increase their knowledge first then teach them about money.
Teach them (children) to stand up for themselves instead of putting too much pressure upon them. Go easy to those who obey and hard to those who disobey at an early age.
Be strong and act like your age while I’m gone. Gone forever, but I will always be there for you. Never despair. Life is only a test. Learn from your previous mistakes and move on.”
Signed: Mwanandeke K.