For a time in my life I stood looking at the wind, I forgot to sow, I did not live joyfully, I did not even drink the wine offered me. But one day, I judged myself ready, and I went back to work.
~Paulo Coelho - Veronika Decides to Die
In this Coelho novel, Veronika, a young woman decides to commit suicide by overdosing on pills. She has it all planned out down to the minute. But then, she wakes up in the hospital ward of a mental hospital. She learns that the pills have severely weakened her heart muscle and she has at most 5 days to live. The novel chronicles those 5 days and how life looks so much different to Veronika now that she is sentenced to die instead of choosing it.