WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR | PAUL KALANITHI
Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography
Favorite Quote:“Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.”
― Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
What Made Me Love This Book: When I picked up this book I thought it was going to be over the top with the inspirational sayings, Kalanithi made sure that the book didn’t fully focus on his illness. He shared his college experience; his time in medical school and more. Reading the book you could tell that he wanted to be known for more than being a guy who got cancer and he was more than that. It’s incredible how much he accomplished during his time.
It’s often said but too many times ignored, how short life is and how quickly things can take a turn. It’s not until something major happens in one's life that we realize how insignificant many things are. It’s not a sob story but the end brought some tears to my eyes. It’s worth reading if you are looking for something that will help you remember how important it is to follow your purpose no matter the obstacles.