One Year to Live –Morning Story and Dilbert had a post about this and at the end it asked, “What would you do?” I decided to write a whole post instead of just a comment. I believe I’ll just start with a list and see where that takes me.
1. I would write in a journal every day. I have journals for each of my kids and I would try to write something in each one every day, whether it be a memory, or something that they did that day, or words of wisdom.
2. I would sew. I would make quilts for each of my children and my husband. I would make an abundance of baby blankets and burp cloths for future grandchildren.
3. I would go outside everyday. I would walk around my yard and play fetch with my dog. I would appreciate nature. If it was a particularly nasty weather day, then I would build a fire in my fireplace and enjoy the coziness of a fire and read a good book.
4. I would write letters to all my friends and family telling them how much I appreciate them.
5. I would travel. I would like to see all 50 states and several countries in Europe.
6. I would organize and thin out as much of my stuff as possible so my family wouldn’t have to do it. No one in my family is interested in sewing or crafts much so a lot of that stuff and my huge fabric stash would probably be donated to a worthy cause. During this process I would also thoroughly clean everything as I go.
7. I would talk to my family everyday and more importantly l would listen to my family everyday.
8. I would compile a cookbook of all our favorite recipes to pass down to my kids and get rid of the many, MANY recipes that I know we don’t like or that we have never tried.
This whole concept, process, whatever you want to call it, reminds of the Tim McGraw song, “Live Like You Were Dying”. What if we actually did live like we were dying? It’s easier for those of us who rely on someone else for income. Would you be willing to completely change your life so someone you love could live out their life doing all the things that they wanted? Would we be better people if we thought we would be dead in one year’s time? The truth is, I don’t know. We can speculate all we want, but we just don’t know.
This just gave me a brilliant idea. It’s very unique and I’m POSITIVE that no one else has ever thought of it. I’m going to take my little list from above and make those my goals for this year. I think I’ll call it a bucket list! Jeez, I’m brilliant. I’m sure I will think of many more things I want to do as I go along. I will write them down, but I’m going to stick with the 8 above as my goals for THIS year. Maybe I’ll try the others next year.
I’m going to truly live like I only have this one year left. I will cram as much of the wonderful goodness of my list as I can into the next year. I will NOT, however, be donating my fabric stash. I will attempt to use as much of it as possible in my sewing endeavors as a means to reduce it though.
Have any of you ever REALLY thought about only having one year left? What would you do?
Put your thinking caps on and let the blogging world in on what you come up with!
Have a great year!