My mother passed away when she was only in her late 20s. This affected me in a strange way! I knew the cancer was the hereditary type, so I decided to live life to the full!! I took risks and made the most of everything friends, travelling, hobbies, adventures, sports (anything I liked basically)... just in case the same would happen to me. It really was a really amazing time!!
However, now I'm 31 and look back on my life with a smile. I am happy to have experienced so much in such a short space of time, and if I passed on tomorrow, I can honestly say I am happy with my life. This has also led me to a strange feeling of contentment, I am still travelling, but feel more at home with who I am as a person than I ever have before.
You only get one chance at life, so play what you are given to the full! ;-)