What Would You Do If You Knew You Would Die In 5 Years?


It is so easy to forget our own mortality. We believe that there will always be more time down the road to start that business or to spend time with your loved ones. There is no rush, so why not take it easy and let your future self worry about following your dreams and making time to do the things you want to get done?

In our day by day world, it is easy to forget that our time to go is slowly approaching. At some point we will leave the earth behind and be off to whatever else the universe has in store for us.

Life seems mundane and never-ending, but when we think about death our priorities change. Suddenly the little things don’t matter anymore and we start asking ourselves the bigger questions, “What have I done with my life?” “What will my loved ones say about me?” or even “What will the world say about me when I am gone?”

Accepting the fact that we are mortal and that we will not be around forever has a major impact on our lives.

You may have thought about this before. There is a famous saying that you should “live every day as if it was your last” and that statement does make a strong point. If you only have a limited amount of time on this planet suddenly some things just do not seem as important as they once did.

That being said assuming every day is your last seems like it is far too extreme to actually benefit to you.

If you knew that you would die in 24 hours what would you do? You would probably want to spend it being lazy with your loved ones. You might even throw a massive party for yourself thinking that your last day on earth is going to be a fun one and you’re going to go out in style.

You probably want to spend your last day having fun and not having to worry about anything. Heck, I know I would.

And while we do need some fun time where can let lose in our lives, if we do it every hour of every day it means we basically live the life of a loser. We end up freeloading off of others or barely doing enough to “get by”.

Events that were once fun slowly loses its meaning as we come to the realization that we have just wasted our life away and haven’t really done any of the things we dreamed of doing when we were younger.

Ironically living each day as if it was your last and not thinking about the future may lead to a life full of regrets and unfulfilled dreams. That is why I prefer to take a longer view of things.

“It’s better to regret something you did than to regret something you didn’t do.” Anonymous

What would you do if you only had 5 years to live? You can do a lot in 5 years, but at the same time it is just around the corner. I still remember my life 5 years ago as if it happened just the other day. Time drips away and slowly disappears if you are not careful.

What would you do if you knew that you only had 5 more years on this planet and all of your hopes, dreams, and passions for this life would either have to be lived out in those 5 years or not at all? What would you change in every aspect of your life to cope with your limited time on the planet?

What Would You Do With Your Family and Friends

How would you want your family and friends to remember you? Is there something you want to tell them? Do you want to say something to the people closest to you? And is there something you really want to do in life like get married and have a family?

What Would You Do With Your Passion

What are you truly passionate about? What brings you alive and makes you feel good about yourself? How can you do more of this? Is there any way you can make a living through your passion?

What Would You Do With Your Goals In Life

What is it you have always wanted to do? Personally I have plenty of dreams and goals from creating something meaningful that will stand the test of time to playing in the World Series of Poker. Some are more important to me than others, but I would like to get them all done.

We all have goals that we hope to accomplish in life, what are yours?

What Would You Give Up

If you knew that you only had a few more years to live and wanted to make time for your dreams, what would you give up? Maybe watching that rerun of “Two and A Half Men” or “The Simpsons” might not be as important to you as going out and trying to make a name for yourself. When you think about the limited time you have on this planet, you realize that some things might be worth giving up to make room for others.

What Will You Do With Your Legacy

After you are gone from this planet the only thing you have left is your legacy. You can no longer do anything to improve your image and your story is basically in the hands of others. You no longer have any control about what others will say about you after you have died.

So, what will you do before you die to make sure that your family and friend and possibly even the world remembers you as a great person? What would you change about yourself, who would you take more care of, and what would you want people to say about you after you are gone?

In 5 years you can do nearly anything you want, but you do not have enough time to fool around and put things off. So, think about it and realize that you are mortal. You may not have 5 years, you may have 10 years or 15 or more. But it all drips away as day becomes night and summer becomes fall.

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting about yourself and your goals until you are on your deathbed. Don’t find yourself regretting the things you never did while you were younger, instead take some time to do them now, while you can. You only live once, make it count.

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2 thoughts on “What Would You Do If You Knew You Would Die In 5 Years?

  1. Danny

    Thanks Shaun. Your article certainly rings true for me. I am taking a year off from work for health reasons and am now using this time to follow my dreams and passions. Things I have put off doing during my 25 years of IT.
    A lot of people who have retired have mentioned that they wish they had traveled more when they were younger, then they could of enjoyed it more.

  2. Tracy

    Great article! I have always believed we live our life to the fullest, by enriching others, our world and those we love. If we only open our eyes and hearts we can make a positive impact in our lives, those around us, our loved ones and the world. How many people do you see every day that you could impact?

    Tracy

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