For today’s post, I decided to leave the subject up to fate and rely the services of a random online conversation topic generator to guide my way.
I’m original like that 😉
So after a simple click, the question returned to me was:
If you knew that you only had a year left to live, what would you do?
To be honest, cycling through the list of questions on this site, it could have been a lot worse. I could be writing about how many email addresses I have or whether I’d rather be rich or ugly…
So what would I do with a year left to live? Apart from mentally prepare to confront the mystery of existence.
This is a really hard question to answer and in all honesty, It’s actually easier to think what what I would stop doing, so I’ll start with that if you don’t mind!
Things I’d stop doing:
Taking random BuzzFeed quizzes that tell me what kind of coffee I am (it’s so obviously cold brew).
Worrying about whether random acquaintances like me. When time is so limited, I imagine you would only want to spend it with a small close group of people.
Mindlessly scrolling through instagram every evening in bed
Searching for the perfect foundation.
Working on or for things I don’t believe in
Saying yes to everything without thinking
Denying myself that much needed mid-morning biscuit.
Obsessing over whether I’ve made the right career choices - I’m where I am and that’s all that matters.
Feeling the need to wear anything other than pyjamas or jogging bottoms. I’d basically ban anything with a proper waistband from my wardrobe.
Worrying about the future. That could be quite liberating in a way.
Continue arguing a point when I know it isn’t really that important
Stressing out over money and the need to save excessively for a “rainy day”
Things I’d start doing:
If I could physically manage it, I would make more time to exercise, especially outdoors. I’ve been meaning to start horse riding lessons, so I’d certainly make more of an effort to do that.
Spend more time with family and friends - even if that would just involve meeting for a cup of tea and chit chat.
This is such a cliche, but I’d love to travel. I’ve always wanted to go on a Nile cruise to see all the historical sites and experience life in Japan, specifically Tokyo. I’ve also long held a fantasy of travelling across the length South America over the period of a few weeks or even months.
Say yes to some of the things I don’t say yes to now - random meet ups, spontaneous nights out and impulsive trips away.
Write more and finish my book which has sat unloved and unattended to on my computer for weeks now.
Call out people for their bullshit, especially in-person and when they are being grossly offensive/ignorant
Meticulously go through everything I own and give away anything I haven’t used in the previous year. You’ve got to reason you wouldn’t need it in your final one.
Meet all the amazing people who I haven’t met already - I’d want to cram a lifetime of introductions into that year.
Go back to education - maybe take a night course or even try and do a Masters in Medieval History.
Stay in a remote cabin for a whole month with no access to technology or the outside world
What would you do? I’d love to hear it! Drop me a comment below.
This is my third post in my attempt to write something on this blog everyday in October. Find my previous post from the 2nd here.