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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.