WBEZ | Rainn Wilson http://www.wbez.org/tags/rainn-wilson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en If you only had months to live, how would you spend them? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/if-you-only-had-months-live-how-would-you-spend-them-107666 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/%28Star%20Tribune%3AMike%20Rominski%29.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="Zach Sobiech, whose goodbye song 'Clouds' touched millions, died on May 20 at age 18. (Star Tribune/Mike Rominiski)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">On May 20, 2013, Zach Sobiech died after a four-year battle with terminal osteosarcoma. While his name might not sound familiar, you may have heard his song <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDC97j6lfyc" target="_blank">&quot;Clouds&quot;</a>&nbsp;after it went viral on YouTube earlier this year, or watched this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NjKgV65fpo" target="_blank">video</a> (over 9 million views to date) on the day of his passing.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">After being told that he only had months to live, 18-year-old Zobiech decided to share his story with the world. First came the hit song, then a mini-documentary produced by none other than&nbsp;<em>The Office</em> star Rainn Wilson.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/soulpancake" target="_blank">SoulPancake</a>, a YouTube channel created by Wilson and featuring a revolving lineup of memorable characters (from Kid President to The Impression Guys), caught wind of &quot;Clouds&quot; and later teamed up with Sobiech for the groundbreaking online reality series<a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzvRx_johoA8ITQgxBpeJTaDUhhIB7bfX" target="_blank"> &quot;My Last Days.&quot;</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Directed by filmmaker-actor Justin Baldoni, the 22-minute doc follows Sobiech and his family during his final months: a touching tribute to the Minnesota teen that manages to be charming, heartbreaking, inspiring and uplifting at the same time.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Wilson also recruited a long list of celebrity friends (including Bryan Cranston, Jenna Fischer and Jason Mraz) to lip-synch a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zxXAtmmLLc" target="_blank">music video</a> to &quot;Clouds,&quot; which Sobiech got to see just weeks before his death.</div><blockquote><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;I want to be remembered as the kid who went down fighting, and didn&#39;t really lose,&quot; said Zobiech, when asked what kind of legacy he would like to leave behind, &quot;I want everyone to know, you don&#39;t have to find out you&#39;re dying to start living.&quot;</div></blockquote><div class="image-insert-image ">The delicate subject matter of a docuseries like &quot;My Last Days&quot; may not be the easiest to watch, but perhaps that is exactly why we should. Sobiech lived more in 18 years than most people do in a liftetime: a powerful reminder for all of us to be thankful for the little things and embrace every day as if it were our last.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;It&#39;s really simple, actually,&quot; Sobiech said about trying to make the world a better place. &quot;Just make people happy.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Luckily for everyone who got the chance to know him, either in person or through his documentary, he succeeded in doing just that.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">What do you think of this phenomenon? Would you film your last days to inspire others?&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank"> Twitter </a>or <a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/if-you-only-had-months-live-how-would-you-spend-them-107666