The Diary of Anne Frank has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated in over 67 languages. One 13-year-old girl, armed with nothing but her thoughts and a journal. It has become one of the most powerful memoirs of all time. Her message of courage and optimism in the face of adversity still impacts society today. Schools use the novel for education and awareness, historians use it, museums use it, people continue to draw inspiration from it every day since 1947. Her dream of becoming a published writer or journalist became a reality. Unfortunately, Anne Frank wasn’t alive to revel in her dream or witness the impact her story had on others. After spending two years and one month in hiding from the Nazis, Anne and those in the Secret Annex were discovered and sent to concentration camps. Of the eight people hiding, only Anne’s father survived. Anne died of typhus in 1945, age fifteen.
If Anne had not written down her thoughts, no one would know she existed. Her insights, wisdom and unique way of seeing the world would have died along with her. Her one simple act of writing kept her character alive. Her simple act of writing has left a legacy far beyond her wildest dreams. Perhaps a part of her knew this when she penned the following sentence in her diary on 4th April 1944, four months prior to being found — “I want to go on living even after my death!” She certainly did that, thanks to her continuous writing.
As said by the late, best-selling author, Wayne Dyer, “Don’t die with your music still in you.” We agree. And we believe: “Don’t die with your story still in you.”
You never know who will read it and whom it may touch. Write on.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank