Daily Writing #20: On your deathbed how would you answer this question?

Lying on your deathbed if you were asked this question

How would you have lived your life differently if you had a chance?

How would you reply? What would your answer be? Would you be happy, satisfied, content with the life you lived?

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Most people won’t be.

Why is that? Just think about it? Maybe the answer would allow you to take a hard look at your life and realign your priorities.

This exact question was asked to Nadine Stair, an 85-year-old woman from Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Here’s what she answered-

“If I had my life to live over again, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax. I’d limber up. I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances, I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones. You see, I’m one of those people who was sensible and sane, hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments. If I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else—just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I could do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had to live my life over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances, I would ride more merry-go-rounds, I would pick more daisies.”

Source: James Clear’s newsletter

Original Source: Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

What do you think of this answer?

To me, it is about living our life. Not to take it seriously, enjoying it fully taking our chances, doing whatever we want to do, and aiming for the legendary.

We are going to die someday and everything pales in comparison to that fact.

Take all the shots that you want to because only get one chance. Do not waste it living under the pressure of other people’s expectations.

Be happy, lighthearted, and pick more daisies.

I write daily here on my blog. There is no limit to the word count. I am not focusing on any topic here. I want to build a daily writing habit. This is Day 20 of the Daily Writing Challenge in 2022.

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