I’m not giving the money to you because I want
you to feel wistful, or indebted to me, or to feel that
it’s some kind of bloody memorial.
I’m giving you this because there is not much
that makes me happy anymore but you do.
I am conscious that knowing me has caused
you pain, and grief, and I hope that one day when
you are less angry with me and less upset you will
see not just that I could only have done the thing
that I did, but also that this will help you live a
really good life, a better life, than if you hadn’t
You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new
world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be
knocked out of your comfort zone. But I hope you
feel a bit exhilarated too. Your face when you came
back from diving that time told me everything;
there is a hunger in you, Clark. A fearlessness.
You just buried it, like most people do.
I’m not really telling you to jump off tall buildings,
or swim with whales or anything (although I
would secretly love to think you were), but to live
boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Wear those
stripy legs with pride. And if you insist on settling
down with some ridiculous bloke, make sure some
of this is squirreled away somewhere. Knowing I
might have given them to you has alleviated
something for me.
So this is it. You scored on my heart, Clark
You were from the first day you walked in, with
your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your
complete inability to ever hide a single thing you
felt. You changed my life so much more than
this money will ever change yours.
Don’t think of me too often. I don’t want to
think of you getting all maudlin. Just live well.
This is an excerpt of the letter written by Will Traynor to Louisa Clark before heading to Dignitas in Switzerland; from the book ‘Me before you’ by Jojo Moyes.
Come on guys, don’t tell me you didn’t shed any amount of tears here. As for me, I, first watched the movie before reading it. Well, I didn’t have much choice. Clap! Clap! Clap! 👏
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Happy reading wormies! 🙂