If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living?
Wow. This question seems eerily similar to Question of the Week #75. Except that was about thinking you were going to die and then finding out a few days later you actually weren’t. But, still… Come on Gregory Stock, Ph.D. I think we can do better. But since we’re here and we’re still using a Book of Questions that I bought about 20 years ago when I was still a kid in high school, I’ll play your game.
I’m sure there are some things that I would change about how I was living. For one, I’m sure I would hold back less when talking to people. I would let my loved ones know more often that I truly loved them. Not sure what’s stopping me from doing that now, anyway. I mean, who says I won’t die suddenly in a year? Who says I won’t die suddenly tomorrow? Or this afternoon on the way home from the office? No one is promised any given number of years in this world. What stops us from doing and saying the things that we wouldn’t necessarily do or say unless we know our own expiration dates?
I’m not saying that I’m suddenly gonna go out there and start living like I’m dying. Just food for thought, I suppose.
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.
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Of course, you’re right. Who’s to say that we won’t die in 3 hours? So why don’t we tell people we love often enough that we love them? Or better yet, show them? I think because it would make the actual moments of living each minute impossible. Too much pressure! I would quit my job immediately. And try to go to at least 2 places that I’ve never been to before. I would spend lots of time with my family and will also enjoy sitting with a book in my lap and a cup of coffee at my side while watching the ocean alone.
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