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If I knew I had six months to live how would my life be different?

If I knew I had six moths to live how would my life be different?

I would spend more time with family.
I would spend more time doing the things I most enjoy
I would spend more time helping others

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    May 11 2011: So, this is the 'bucket list" scenario, huh?

    Is this the exercise where we profess to achingly live out every single and smallest-divisible measure of time in some heightened form of transcendental rapture? Guaranteeing to drive those near and dear to us to distraction.

    Where we reveal our secret plans to be more wholesome, more righteous, more giving, more loving and infinitely more magnanimous in ways we have never previously displayed but now suddenly affirm to be our true inner being?

    Just want to understand the instructions. Does having 8 months change anything?
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    May 11 2011: While I think I understand where you are coming from when asking this question, why think about death when I'm still alive and healthy?

    I don't think anyone could answer to your question authentically until they were truly in that position, and even then, one would have to take into account many issues that could arise.

    Even if it were to be true I only had six months left to live, I like to think I would wish my life to be no different from what it is now. In any case, why wait until then to do all the things I think I'd do? Who could assure me that I weren't to die sooner anyway?

    Today, tomorrow, in six months or in twenty years, it doesn't matter, I strongly believe everyone should live their life to the full because life is uncertain and so is death too.
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    May 10 2011: I would train then hunt a bear with no firearm or projectile weapon.
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    May 11 2011: You reminded me of a story that I know which I would like to share:

    A Catholic, A protestant, and a Jew were talking to a friend who said he has just been given six months to live.

    "What would you do," the man asked the Catholic, "If your doctor gave you six months to live?"

    "Ah!" said the catholic, "I would give all my belongings to the church, take communion evey Sunday and say my Hail Marys regulary."

    "And you?" He asked the Protestant.

    "I would sell everything and go on a world cruise and have a great time!"

    "And you?" He said to the Jew.

    "Me? I would see another Doctor!!"
  • May 11 2011: helping everyone that did not want it!
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    May 10 2011: If I am living my life well, it would not be very different. If I am not living my life well, I would spend the time trying to turn it around.
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    May 9 2011: I had the opportunity to be close to death 21 years ago because of a near fatal head injury, and at the same time, the body was threatened by cancer. It was an opportunity, because I learned a lot about life and death with the experience. If I was told that I had six months to live, I would not change a thing. I live every moment with gratitude, acceptance, and I know that every minute could be the last one, so I want to make it the best one:>) There are lots of people in our world who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and have lived to talk about it. There are many people who were not expected to live after a traumatic injury and here we are, still walking the earth:>)

    I volunteered at a terminal care facility for a couple years, and one thing I noticed was that people who were the most content with the dying process, were those who had no regrets about their life journey. It is best not to wait to spend time with loved ones or do the things we most enjoy, including helping others:>) This moment has never been before, and will never be again...seize the moment:>)
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    May 9 2011: Anybody's answer will be according to their morals and principles: the real thing that matter to them, the things that they will be more than happy to keep on doing to the last minute.
    We all live with deadlines, knowing it makes a huge difference..
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    May 12 2011: I'd try to live every day as I already do, hoping to learn something and share time with those that I love. I hope that since we aren't promised tomorrow that we'd approach each day letting folks know how you feel.
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    May 11 2011: I think I would do nothing at all but live my normal daily life with the people I love being around! :-) No complications....
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    May 11 2011: Spending three days from -Friday to Sunday- in Istanbul could be quite helpful as a guidance for next 5 months and 27days.
  • May 10 2011: I would prepare a ritual whereby all who care could share and participate in a meaningful farewell. Make certain that i do not end up in any hospital but rather in my home.
    I most likely would let all ego based worries melt away. Finally during those six months I would take every opportunity to allow the courage that has been latent in me to manifest and share each and every whim that I have with my family and friends so that we could brainstorm to find ways to create solutions for people in my position.
    This question is giving me lots of ideas ...guess i will share them in the idea section :)
  • May 10 2011: I would prepare a ritual whereby all who care could share and participate in a meaningful farewell. Make certain that i do not end up in any hospital but rather in my home.
    I most likely would let all ego based worries melt away. Finally during those six months I would take every opportunity to allow the courage that has been latent in me to manifest and share each and every whim that I have with my family and friends so that we could brainstorm to find ways to create solutions for people in my position.
    This question is giving me lots of ideas ...guess i will share them in the idea section :)
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    May 10 2011: I'd do everything in my power to bring Eternal Life to Everyone. "Which I'm doing everyday!"
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    May 10 2011: I would spend less time organizing conversations.
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    May 9 2011: What is interesting is how the answer changes if you repeat the question and only change the 6 month with 40 years or so. Other than not being able to understand 40 year since you only experienced that length of time once or twice in a lifetime as oppose two the 6 months duration which is experienced repeatedly.

    Anyways I'm not sure exactly how I would change my life, but I guess I would not wait to long to figure it out.
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    May 9 2011: I think I'd set up a comfortable camp in the forest (on an ocean beach if I had the money) and commune with nature. Anyone who wanted to hang out with me would be welcome IF they wanted to make music, talk about heartfelt things, walk on wooded paths (or along the water's edge at low tide), and laugh alot.
  • May 9 2011: I believe it would put life in a much better perspective; I would discover what is really important in my life. I'd also spend a lot of time feeling depressed because of the regrets I have.
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      May 10 2011: I bet you wouldn't "spend a lot of time feeling depressed because of the regrets I have". You'd realize what a waste of time that would be.
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        May 10 2011: Exactly, when it comes to that final hour, im sure only a handful of things will really matter
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    May 9 2011: The real issue here is not so much in the length of time one has to live, but what would one do if they were told by a medical doctor they did not have much time to live.
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        May 9 2011: While I agree with you, but some people do not begin to take inventory of their lives until face with tragedy. I agree we should enjoy life now, and not wait, or be motivated by the "not much time left" disorder in order to enjoy life, or do the things in our lives that really matter.
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          May 9 2011: It's a choice. We can enjoy every moment of our lives now...or...wait until we are limited in time. What is the choice we make as individuals? Why would we deny ourselves enjoyment of life, and/or doing the things that really matter?