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  1. Annie

    If I only had a year to live I would go on the pilgrimage of my dreams to Medjugorje. I would pay for someone to go with me because I cannot go alone being disabled as I am. Since no one in my family wants to go …well maybe they would knowing my life was ending in a year …
    I also would give my family any special belongings …for example I have an antique oak love seat that I want my granddaughter Lexi to have.
    I’d like to give this question more thought…so I will come back later 🙂

    2 years ago
  2. S
    Sandarpan Mukherjee

    Be kinder and more considerate towards people.

    2 years ago
  3. Linda

    Tell every family member and friend what they have meant to me.

    2 years ago
  4. Malag

    Starting pruning back what passes on to be dealt with by those dear to me starting with the social media accounts.

    2 years ago
  5. d
    db82258

    We live in the moment and we will die in the moment.

    I will do the best I can.

    2 years ago
  6. ADP

    Be more kind and loving, spend lots more time with family and doing things I love to do. We take for granted so many things in this life. I try to keep this perspective often, because we never know when it is our time to leave this earth. So try to live each day to the fullest and enjoy the precious moments that we do have.

    2 years ago
  7. Hot Sauce

    If I knew I had a year to live, I would sell all my possessions and give the money to social justice and charity organizations. I would also spend more time with old friends that I haven’t seen in a while.

    2 years ago
  8. Hermann-Josef

    Carefully preparing my daughter to say good bye to her father. Looking for someone who will help her

    2 years ago
  9. Don Jones

    Ahh, but it is the myth. The idea that death is a finality. Who knows when the transition will occur. It could be hours, days or years. Life right now is what courses through this being and everything about it. The stories in the bubble are not real.

    2 years ago
  10. Hermann-Josef

    Carefully preparing my to be able to say good bye to her father. looking for somebody who could help her.

    2 years ago
  11. pkr

    I would call 1-800-JUNK & have it all hauled away! I would put what’s left on my back & journey far & wide! I would read great literature, look at beautiful art, listen to delightful music, soak up all Mother Nature has to offer on my way to “the Promised Land”! and PRAY…❤️

    2 years ago
  12. Diane

    What beautiful, thoughtful answers you all have shared. I’d like to embrace all of them. Although since I’ve already retired I can cross that one off the list. 🙂
    We just moved to a completely new area of the country and we have been doing much exploring of our surroundings….a completely different landscape from where I lived for the first 65 years of my life. So much more to see and do and many plans and adventures to plan and dream of….especially experiencing all the wonders of nature and wildlife that the western U.S. has to offer. With only a year to live, I imagine we’d be moving up our timeline to visit as many of these heavenly places as we could.

    2 years ago
  13. Kylee

    Not let the stresses of life take up to much of my time. Don’t spend time being upset or angry about the things I can’t change… instead find joy in the little moments.

    2 years ago
  14. Chester

    One year, one hundred years, however you view, life is short. While I would like to think my overall approach to life and time would not change, the focus of my daily work certainly would – no more 5, 10, 20 year projects and many more 1 day, 1 week, 1 month projects. Suspect I would still link in to this site periodically as part of the normal routine.

    2 years ago
  15. Chris Berry

    Simply try to encompass every second in an attempt to bring joy to the planet.

    2 years ago
  16. Mica

    Be sure my will is up to date and that I have left nothing behind me that is critical of my children.

    2 years ago
  17. KC

    If I knew I had a year to live, I would make time for family, friends and community, and do my best to be present, available, thoughtful and generous with others. I would make time for nature, animals, beauty, music, and for art and writing. I would finish some pieces, and share them as widely and best I could. I would get rid of all kinds of stuff and put my affairs in better order…Oh my. A busy year!

    2 years ago
  18. sparrow

    . . . doing the things I love,
    connecting to the people I love,
    cherishing my beloved cats,
    savoring,
    soaking in
    the beauty of my own little world . . .
    writing
    reading,
    sketching . . .
    listening to the singing birds
    as I tend to my garden.

    “To plant a garden,
    is to believe in tomorrow.”
    ~ Audrey Hepburn

    2 years ago
  19. Charlie T

    I’m already doing the things that I would do, but I would quit working (of course 😁) and I would spend more time doing them.
    Hopefully, I would start planning for the year by sending out an email letting friends and family know my situation and intentions. This might include: Renting a big house for the year for friends to come visit. Guided mushroom trips. Fire pit gatherings. Maybe a meditation retreat. Music music music. And lots and lots of hanging out and sharing stories. Of course this would depend a bit on what I’m dying of. I’m a practical dude, after all.

    2 years ago
    1. Javier Visionquest

      “for friends to come visit. Guided mushroom trips. Fire pit gatherings. Maybe a meditation retreat. Music music music. And lots and lots of hanging out and sharing stories” LOL, Charlie T, this is a pretty apt description of my life now. Wish you were here! With the sweetness of it all, diabetes is killing me

      2 years ago
  20. alara

    My travel advisor for many years, so will continue with the journey.

    “I would love to live how a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding” -John O’Donohue

    2 years ago
    1. Diane

      Alara….rivers speak to me deeply. Beautiful quote from John O’Donohue…one of my favorite Celtic poet-mystics. Thank you for sharing. ♥

      2 years ago
  21. dragonfly

    I’m not sure that I would do anything different from what I do now. My experience with the medical system has taken my fear of dyeing away and instilled in me a desire to live every day as if it is my last (because it could well be), to find peace in nature, to meditate, to seek out beauty in all its forms and in everything and to prepare myself to go as peacefully as the circumstances will allow. It still is a journey, a process, a development. I am curious where it takes me and what I will find at the end. My hope is to go in peace and acceptance, embracing the inevitable with grace and dignity.

    2 years ago
  22. Antoinette

    Just live today – just live one hour .
    And I would do what brother David said in today’s quote. Rise to whatever occasion happens to the beat of my abilities.

    2 years ago
  23. Carol

    I would like to think I could maintain and open mind, an open heart, and just relax!

    2 years ago
  24. Laura

    I would do far less, not more. I would aim to be as much as possible.

    2 years ago
  25. S
    Sara

    I would move to a place that provides me the calm feeling. This may be the beach or mountains

    2 years ago
  26. j
    joGary

    Take control of my time (aka retire) and let curiosity (my source of joy) drive what experiences I partake in everyday

    2 years ago
  27. Howie Geib

    Less driving! I would earnestly start jettisoning the things I don’t want to have someone do after I am gone, the detritus. I am so fortunate. I would write, and it would be an epilogue, since, if I were to die in a year, it wouldn’t be a life interrupted. My life has been full and fairly complete. Not a ton of unfinished business or loose ends.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Ah, yes, Howie – I was worried about the quantity of my ‘stuff’ – but I realized it can just be hauled away after I die, and my daughter-in-law said she had realized that about my ‘stuff’ long ago! Now I entertain myself with my stuff, and I go into my old clothes when I want something ‘new’ to wear. Warm wishes to you –

      2 years ago
  28. devy

    Live each day as my last. Get alk my ducks in a row so that I don’t leave others with problems or personal items that I’ve accumulated over the years. Travel, see the world spend my money and donate to those who need it. Try to Make amends with those who have drifted away.

    2 years ago
  29. Mary Pat

    I would prepare my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren for that day.

    2 years ago
  30. EJP

    I would live every precious moment to the fullest with no fear and no regrets.

    2 years ago
    1. Diane

      EJP….no fear and no regrets. Sounds like heaven on Earth and just what the Divine/Universe would want for us. ♥

      2 years ago
  31. Pilgrim

    More a continuing than a starting … keep getting out in nature as much as possible. We have lots of trees/woods and water here in my new home area. And the temps are beginning to warm … finally.

    Hi Diane! I know we are kindred spirits, including with regard to Mother Nature. I hope you are continuing to explore and enjoy your new homeland!
    May all manner of things be well with you, my dear Friend.

    2 years ago
    1. Diane

      Yes my friend….kindred spirits indeed. As you can tell from my answer….exploring our new homeland is very much a desire of my heart. Just this past weekend, heard my very first Western Meadowlark while biking on a nearby nature trail. Snow-capped Rockies in the distance as we rode. Soaking it all up with a grateful heart.
      ~Om Shanti dear Friend. ♥

      2 years ago
  32. sunnypatti48317

    Work less. Play more.

    More concerts. More travel. More surfing. Eating delicious food and laughing every day.

    I’m actually planning to do all of that anyway. I have a long life still ahead!

    2 years ago
  33. Kevin

    Dispose of all the tubs of “must-saves,” keepsakes, memories and what-nots stacked high in our basement cellar. They reflect over 50 years of marriage, cherished careers, photography gear and things only my wife and I would ever think have lasting value. I don’t want our kids to have to deal with it after we’re gone. Whenever I mention this to my wife she says, “You start, I’m going to the beach!”

    2 years ago
    1. pkr

      Hahaha…..yes, I have had to clear out so many other people’s s..t, these last few years & very recently, that I am exhausted. I have been trying to get rid of lots of my own stuff & my husband’s; it doesn’t help that he is a pack rat! It is expensive to pay people to haul, so I am trying to do it on my own, but it is hard. Some days the thought of “how do I get rid of all this stuff” just paralyzes me. It is spring now, so let the clearing begin! P.S. I have a lot of empty plastic bins, anyone want to pick them up?!!! 🌸😞🌼
      .

      2 years ago
      1. Kevin

        I hear you, PKR! What I have started doing is trying, TRYING be the operative word here, to each week attack a tub and either empty it or reduce its contents (depending on the contents and my resolve!) and put that out with the week’s trash.

        I am fond of saying that we all should be required to move every ten years, because people who do lighten there load in the moving process. Of course, I haven’t moved an inch in 45 years and not likely to do so anytime soon! (God willing!)

        2 years ago
    2. Mica

      Ah, Kevin, as I told Howie, my daughter-in-law realized long ago that they can just get someone to haul all my ‘stuff’ away. So I’ve stopped worrying about all my ‘stuff.’ In fact, my daughter told me once that even my daughter-in-law wouldn’t want me to worry so much about the ‘stuff’ left when I die.

      2 years ago
      1. Kevin

        That was good for me to hear, Mica, as was reading Howie’s piece on the topic also. I can hear our youngest daughter now, clear headed, confident, with plenty of opinions for her mom and dad to consider. ” Don’t you worry, dad, when you’re gone we’re gonna back that dumpster up right over there and fill that sucker up!”

        2 years ago
        1. Mica

          Oh, good – and your youngest daughter has been an adult for a while now, like mine 👨‍👧👩‍👧

          2 years ago
    3. Pilgrim

      Ha! Such a wise wife you have! I had to do so much of this before my move in November. I pulled out to keep mostly pictures that would go in a family photo album. I still have the project of putting in albums ahead. (One album, hopefully.) I say start with one tub and meet your wife at the beach. She may join the project after you make good initial progress. Some items like photography gear can go to non-profit orgs or such. Lots of places take good used books, including libraries. Good luck!

      2 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Thanks Pilgrim. My wife and I struck a deal a few years ago; On certain mild, sunny days, I bring up two or three tubs, and set up a table in the driveway so that she can go through old stored household items and stuff from her parents house from years ago. That works. I stay out of it, she makes a pile to “go,” until she says “enough” and there it stops, usually for months, before we do it again… maybe! 🙂 That’s when she reminds me of the number of tubs I have ready for the same treatment!

        2 years ago
  34. Michele

    quit my job or go part-time.

    2 years ago
  35. Christine

    (Keep on) Loving life.
    As much as possible nourish my soul with beauty; music, nature, art.
    Looking at the bright side of life.
    Take good care of my plants and garden.
    Read beautiful books.
    And then I would also like to see the mountains again.
    Take a tour in Ireland. When the year is over, I’m back with my beloved husband, Karel.🌞 A sentimantal ending, but it gives me a happy feeling 😊.

    2 years ago
    1. Diane

      Christine…you have touched my sentimental heart. ♥

      2 years ago
      1. Christine

        😊🤗💕

        2 years ago
  36. Carla

    Create that list of family heirlooms scattered about or stored in my home. I would give some away now to the next generation..

    2 years ago
  37. Iamme

    Tour Italy. We’ve been unable to have a holiday for some time, our last holiday was in 2016; since then it’s been impossible due to my son’s needs. He refuses to leave the house, and can’t be left alone due to anxiety, autism and depression. Italy always feels like home to me when I visit, I miss it.

    2 years ago
    1. Christine

      You have a beautiful dream. I hope it comes true for you, Iamme.

      2 years ago
      1. Iamme

        Thank you, hopefully it will, because when that day comes it will signify that my son has moved forward in his life and is no longer so dependent on us. I so much want him to live a fuller life than he is presently.

        2 years ago
        1. Mica

          Hugs to you, Iamme!

          2 years ago

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