How would you spend the next year if you knew it was the last year of your life?

Posted by 15 June, 2008

I was reading Getting a Life that I had borrowed from the library. I was reading through the chapter at a pretty good clip and became fascinated by this question: How would you spend the next year if you knew it was the last year of your life? I think people in general, and myself included, often become engrossed in life and lose sight of what’s important. I’ve written a prior post about (here) how I need to constantly remind myself to enjoy life and not become so focused on my goals that I don’t enjoy myself.

So how would I spend the next year if I knew it was the last year of my life? My first reaction is that it’s a weird and creepy question to think about. The horrible part is that people my age are faced with this question on a daily basis.

1. I would quit my job.

2. I would make plans to visit friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, but only friends I had kept in touch with.

3. Hopefully it was in the year of the World Cup so I could attend. I’d like to attend with good friends of mine that also enjoy soccer.

4. I would religiously attend every UT Austin football game at home and away with my wife and friends.

5. I would spend as much time as I possibly could with my little brother (14 years younger than I).

6. I would volunteer my time to a big brother/big sister organization.

7. In college I was a social butterfly. I would gather people that I used to invite to La Feria on South Lamar in Austin for a margherita/quesadilla happy hour. They had $2.50 margheritas and FREE quesadillas.

8. I had the “hook up” back in college to go see the Austin City Limits television show. If it were indeed my last year, I would camp out in front of the television station to get FREE tickets to the show.

I put this list together pretty quickly. After thinking about for a few minutes, I think a few of these items in this list would also be included as items of interest in the “when I retire scenario”. How would you spend the next year of your life if you knew it was your last?


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