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Arkady Grudzinsky

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If this were the last day of your life, how would you spend it?

It just occurred to me today that finishing my most urgent project at work wouldn't be on my to do list. I would love to read some thoughts or stories.

...After reading some responses, it seems that most people would do what they always wanted to do and take care of things that they value most. But why wouldn't we do these things in the first place, regardless of how long we have left? I don't mean it as a rhetorical question - it would be interesting to read some thoughts.

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Closing Statement from Arkady Grudzinsky

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this conversation. Lots of interesting thoughts and perspectives.

Perhaps, most notable conclusions:

1. At the end, we focus on what matters most for us, and for most people it's people we love - most people would spend time with family, friends, write letters, etc.

2. It should not matter whether we live the last day of our life or not. Perhaps, we should just do what we do any other day, like having a cup of nice tea, and enjoy the moment.

It's hard to summarize everything that was said here - worth reading.

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  • Jan 22 2013: Years ago this question embraced me. So I did a small thought experiment. We have all had one of those moments where our lives have flashed before our eyes (at Least I hope you have, because I highly recommend it) I sat and imagined one of those events and felt the regrets of things unaccomplished. At that moment I realized that those things must be the things needed to feel do or say.
    This culminated in a set of lyrics in a song that seem to flow very easily from me.

    Care, did you really care
    for me it was always something up ahead
    over the next hill or around the next bend
    always moving just to keep from standing still
    the stream runs dry as time passes by
    I really hate to admit it but all dreams die
    even if you think you can outlive the thought
    that all you've done is listen to my words
    well you have just missed the point
    so I'll try to be clear
    sinking twisting leaning back
    there you seem so relaxed
    shifting lifting arching back
    I see your muscles tensing to react
    I'll remember rhythm rhymes
    sharing lives and passing times
    and never think to question
    was it there I left a care
    all I know is I can swear
    that your dreams can feeling so alone
    So if I had something to tell you
    and you wanted to hear it
    I guess this is it
    if you have something to say
    you damn well better say it
    if you have something to do
    you better work your way through it
    because before you know it's
    "OVER"

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