What I Would Do If I have Only 24 Hours Left To Live


I was just browsing the web and engaging in my normal Internet activities when I came across this question, "What will you do if you are going to die today...??" and decided that it will be a good exercise to answer it. While contemplating this question, it will give perspective to what I am presently doing and my plans for the future.

Firstly, I will make sure that I am well stocked with caffeine since I am definitely not going to spend any of my remaining hours asleep. And secondly, since I can drink as much coffee as I want without worrying about caffeine headaches and caffeine withdrawal, I fully intend to.

But, for me, that is as far as I go in terms of self destructive behavior. It is interesting to note that I have never smoked in my life, and I have no intention of giving it a try in my last hours. Too often we get told that since we have never done something, we must at least do it once in our lives. Perhaps it is also okay to make a conscious choice not to do it.

And furthermore, you have your whole life to do the things you have never done before. The last few hours of your life is not the time to start. Get out there and do all the things you want to do today.

Anyway, I will do the usual like spending time and saying goodbye to friends and family, setting my affairs in order, going out for a good meal, and having a little time by myself to contemplate what I have and have not done in my life.

Surprising, although I have lived in Singapore all my life, not once have I tried laksa. It is a coconut flavored soup dish with rice vermicelli. It is usually served with chilli, not a favorite of mine. On my last day, I will invite one of my friends to have laksa with me. And since it is my last day, it will be my treat.

I suspect the day will fly by in a flash, and soon, I will go into my last hour on this earthly plane. I think I will choose to spend my last hour alone. It might be nice to have somebody with me, but they cannot go where I am going. This is one journey that I must take alone.

I don't think I will have anything "planned" in the last hour. I will sit in my nice and comfy chair, with a cool drink on the table next to me. Or I might just decide to go to the beach as I have always liked the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.

I wonder what thoughts will come into my head in that hour. But I know there will be no regrets for deeds not done, or words not said. My life is what I have made it out to be. Good or bad, I stand by the choices I made.

And, as the minutes tick by, I will gradually feel a sense of excitement. Very soon, I will close my eyes on this great adventure, and open my eyes to the next great adventure!


This has been a very interesting exercise. I have rediscovered some forgotten things, and reaffirmed others. To whoever is reading this, try it yourself, and I think your life will be the better for it.

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

Nice hub....something to think about. I would spent the first 12 hours with my family and the last 12 alone with my wife.

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks Tom! In writing this hub I realized that I have yet to find my soulmate. If I ever find her, I might like to spend my last hour with her. :)

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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Having contemplated this for real back when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I've concluded we all need to live each day as if it were the last as much as humanly possible. Why wait to taste and try new things, the last tomorrow might come without notice? Old time Cajuns used to place simple wooden crosses for each member of the family on both sides of the doors -- to remind everyone that today could be all you have - make the most of it.

Am going to Singapore to visit my newphew (Justin Wood) and his wife this spring after I visit my son and his family in HK.

Very nice hub!

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quicksand 7 years ago

Greetings Wanderer!

You could even commit your favorite crime and not worry about the consequences.

Quite apart from that you expressed a wish that you would like to take someone along. Well you can, and I know that you know how!!!

Nevertheless I wish you a long life! :)

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RAANKAR 7 years ago from India

Hi Dear, I'm the one who post that question there..., i never agree with your answer... For me, i cannot do anything you had said above when knowing that i'm going to die today. It is better to recheck your answer my friend. You will find something great. God Bless.

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Jerilee - Sorry to hear about your brush with cancer but glad to see that you are all right. Nothing like a brush with death to remind us of what is really important in life.

Nice to hear that you will be in our "fine" city next year. Gimme a holler if you need a guide. :)

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

quicksand - I think you misread what I said. I said that it would be nice to have someone with me on my last hour, but didn't express a wish that I would like the person to accompany me on my journey.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by and may we both live long and prosper. :)

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

RAANKAR - I'm sorry, I didn't know there is a right answer.

This is the kind of question in which I will give you ten different answers if you were to ask me 10 different times. No need to go back and recheck my answer, it is correct at the time I wrote it.

But it seems that you have a "correct" answer in mind. Perhaps you can write a hub and share your answer.

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quicksand 7 years ago

Oops! I read pretty fast I guess! Cheers! :)

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Don't worry about it. I do the same thing. My friends have been known to tell me to "read the email properly." :)

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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

talk to those people i have transgressed against. forgive those who have wronged me. talk to my children and my husband about some things. tell the banks that i will be dying soon. he he

actually, i don't know. i don't even know how i would feel knowing that i will die very soon. that must be a very ugly feeling.

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

I don't know about it being an ugly feeling or not, but most of us will probably never find out, as the grim reaper has a habit of calling when he is not expected. :)

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Anath 7 years ago

I would eat, drink and make love in no particular order. The last few minutes I would like to spend with a significant person cuddling up and watching the sea.

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Eat, drink and be merry - great idea. :)

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RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

An interesting hub with interesting comments. May you have a Happy New Year that brings you the best news anyone can ever receive.

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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

If I only have 24 hours to live, I would probably write a hub with a same title.

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Hey Benson, if I only have 24 hours left to live, I'm not sure if I would spend even a second writing a hub about having only 24 hours to live.

But come to think of it, what I do in that last 24 hours would be over and done with after the 24 hours is up, but what I write might last considerably longer than that. You might be on to something there. :)

Rohit Afg 6 years ago

all right i would first talk to god and pray A LOT!

then i would vote good bye to my family member and let everybody i know that i am going to die and we'll all be in motion to amusement park with everybody and my family

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Hi Rohit, the first part sounds like a real good idea. And might I suggest a lot of grovelling as well? :)

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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

great reflection and introspection here. They say when we die, we die alone. When we are born we are born with many. Take care..Blessings..I voted up. It was a great read! :)

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful hub, Wandererh. I imagine that as all of us engage in our lives our 'list' of priorities may change along the way.

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wandererh 5 years ago from Singapore Author

Jo_Goldsmith11 - Thanks! I guess we all die alone, or at least, we can't take anybody or anything with us when we go. :)

Denise Handlon - Definitely! Just as you are not the same person that you were 10 years ago, your thoughts, feelings and priorities will also have changed.

aubrey braga 5 years ago

if i have only 24hrs to live i would definite play my piano playing songs saying googdbye

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wandererh 5 years ago from Singapore Author

aubrey braga - I never learnt to play the piano, or any musical instrument for that matter. I wonder if I will ever find the time.

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