Humbled by a man I never met
On May 4, Derek Miller died of complications arising from stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer.
Normally, to those of us that didn't know Derek directly, this would be an unremarkable event – tragic certainly, but people we don't know die everyday (every second)...
So why has the passing of a man I didn't know (and who wasn't a television celebrity or movie star) prompted me to type these words?
Well, Derek has left his readers a message from the grave (he points out that he hasn't gone to a better place, he has made a 'remarkable transformation: from a living organism to a corpse') in the form of a 'last post'.
I won't post his words here because I would be doing him a disservice, but they are witty, humbling, tragic and inspiring in equal measure.
So visit his blog, read his last post and then delve a bit deeper into the words he left behind.
'The world, indeed the whole universe, is a beautiful, astonishing, wondrous place. There is always more to find out' – Derek Miller