The Last Good Day
In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel Grace explains the idea of The Last Good Day. For cancer sufferers, this is a day when things are going well. The bad days seem to have plateaued, and there may be a period of relative health. Then it goes downhill rather quickly.
Because death is a universal experience, everyone has a Last Good Day. Cancer patients aren’t the only ones who experience death, but they do have a more intimate association with death than most other people because they actively live with its threat.
The two words that are important as far as The Fault in Our Stars and the previous sentence are concern are “actively live.” Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters do the things they need to do to live a full life, even though they are faced with dying young. Neither one is really dying any more than anyone else, and they are doing their best job at living, which cannot be said for all healthy people.
One of the lessons that readers can learn from The Fault in Our Stars is that life is precious and valuable. It is meant to be lived in the best way possible regardless of circumstances. Being healthy is no excuse for wasting one good day, and those good days should include friends, family and learning.
When you wake up, ask yourself if this will be your Last Good Day. You won’t know the answer, but if you live it right, it could be the start of several good days.