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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.

Topics: Values

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 29 2013: I would probably spend it visiting or calling as many of my friends as I knew so they wouldn't feel bad about not being able to say goodbye. I would tell them that life goes on and not to worry about me. I have already done many of the things that I wanted within my means, so I would prepare some of my belongings as to who they should go to.

    And then I would spend time in full defiance that my life should end. I'm not dead until I'm dead so I am going to live my life until I can't live no more.

    My father was diagnosed with bone cancer 18 years ago. The doctor told him he had six months to live. He outlived that deadline by 4 1/2 years. In that time, he prepared his home so that it would be in the best of shape for my mother. He lived his life for those he loved, and that is the way I try to live my life. Since his death, I have been my mother's keeper. I call her everyday and make sure that she has no worries. I don't believe that this is all there is to life. But I do believe that we need to do the best we can with the life we have.

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