Paediatrician Asks His Patients What They Enjoy in Life

Alastair McAlpine, a paediatrician treating terminal palliative care patients, asked the children what they enjoyed in life and what gave it meaning. He summarized their responses in this Twitter thread.

— None wished they’d spent more time watching TV or on social media.

— None enjoyed fighting with others.

— Many spoke lovingly about their pets.

— Many talked about their parents, usually worrying for their well-being after they’d passed.

— Everyone loved ice cream.

— Everyone loved books and/or being told stories. If you’re a parent, read or tell stories to your kids! They will love it.

— Lots loved swimming and the beach.

Almost each person valued kindness from others above all other traits.

— Almost each person mentioned loving to laugh.

— They loved toys and superheroes.

— Last: the most important thing was time with their family.

I’ll leave it to Alastair to wrap it up:


Take home message: Be kind. Read more books. Spend time with your family. Crack jokes. Go to the beach. Hug your dog. Tell that special person you love them.

These are the things these kids wished they could’ve done more. The rest is details.

Oh… and eat ice-cream. /End