Book Review on ‘’Who will cry when you die?’’ by Robin Sharma

May 25, 2024 | Backstage | 0 comments

Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer famed for his world-renowned series ‘’The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’’ of which the third book is ‘’Who Will Cry When You Die??’’. As the name alone aptly suggests, in this book the writer focuses on life lessons that will help us experience the fullness of life and that of a life lived without regrets. This has been summed up in his opening quote by Norman Cousins: ‘’The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live’’. 

The purpose of life as the author says is to live fully, which does not translate to living recklessly or partying every night and such. Rather it is to live in such a way that we explore every facet of life and find out who we are in the process. It isn’t just restricted to activities that give instant gratification, nor is it to chase after a bed of roses. What we must understand is that pain and suffering are inevitable, but it is in the way we face it that it’s decided whether we are worth being called humans or if we are a waste of perfectly good air. Most of us are so engrossed in our daily lives and the baggage that comes with it, that even a breath of fresh air seems like a luxury. Considering it all, the lessons in this book almost seem like a plea for all mankind before we reach a point from which there is no turning back. We are living in a black-and-white world where material success is equalized to happiness. Where the number of likes and shares we get on a post on social media boosts our self-esteem, while on the other hand, if heads don’t turn when we walk out, we deflate like a pricked balloon. Life consists of more than just test scores and unpaid bills. To be able to laugh genuinely until your stomach hurts is a blessing few have been fortunate to experience.

‘’The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children’’- GK Chesterton

This is a sincere hope and prayer that when you pick up this book, you do so with the intention of living life fully and deliberately, and living your life on your terms and not by default with the rest of the world.  

As the Latin phrase goes, Vivamus moriendum est; ‘’Let us live, since we must die’’

Written by: Rtr. Aaysha Sufran


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