Question #9 On Death

Would your life be better or worse if you knew the day, time, and place that you were going to die?

I believe knowing that information would be a good thing.  Obviously, it would take some getting used to.  There would be an initial shock and transition of accepting your own mortality.  The truth is though, we’re all going to die and we’re all aware of of it.  Would knowing the date really be a bad thing?  Like anything else in life nothing is really purely good or bad it’s made that way by peoples’ actions.

We always talk about not taking things for granted because you never know when they may be taken from you.  Well, life is the best example of that.  How much differently would you change the way you live if you knew that you were going to die in next year? 5 years?  10 years?  50 years?

Just think of the little things you would change in your daily life.

Just to name a few:

It would change how you approach love. There are different ways could affect you, but if you were going to die sooner perhaps you try and find love as quick as you can or perhaps you just decide to stop looking and not put your special someone through the pain of losing you.  If you know you have 50 years maybe you’ll chill and not freak about not being married by 27.

It would change how you approach your finances.  If you knew you were going to die next year and you had tens of thousands of dollars saved up, depending on your age, you may decide to stop hording and spend on things you’ve always wanted or trips you always wanted to take.  Maybe you just hit up the casino and see what happens.

Most importantly for the majority of people in the world it would impact the sense of urgency they felt on a daily basis.  Most of us put off dreams, goals, relationships, and so on because we think we have time to get to them later.

“The most dangerous risk of all: the risk of spending you life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

By knowing AND acknowledging that the only way the clock is ticking is downward more of us may go after our dreams.  Anything that forces people to follow their dreams has to be a good thing.

Stay Gold.

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