If you were dying tomorrow..

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    Nov 07, 2007 11:11 PM GMT
    Hey guys. Kind of a common question, what's your response?...

    If I were dying tomorrow
    What would I do more of?
    What would I do less of?


    Some would take a plane,
    Others would lock themselves indoors,
    With their eyes closed.
    What would you do?
    Some would want to see the ocean again and
    Some would want to make love again
    One last time.
    What would you do?

    Some would go back to change their past,
    Some would drink and party until morning,
    Others would pray.
    Others wouldn’t care, and give-in to every pleasure.
    And, some would want to leave before the end
    What would you do?

    What would you do with the dreams you haven’t lived?
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    Nov 07, 2007 11:24 PM GMT
    if I were, I probably wouldn't talk about it, and then to very practical things like donate clothing and put papers in order. just the kinda guy I am.
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    Nov 07, 2007 11:25 PM GMT
    After my taste of Barcelona, this week, I'd want to see the rest of Europe. Otherwise, I'd hire a life coach to help me die with dignity and flair. I'd hire a PR firm to put a positive spin on my many foibles and follies. I'd turn on a tape recorder and tell my kids my life story and family history, warts and all, with a few Bill Bennett aphorisms for good measure. When the battery dies or the tape ends, I'd run to my kids and hug them, reminding them that they were deeply loved.
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    Nov 08, 2007 12:45 AM GMT
    I would go see my Mom a few of my closest local friends and give them a big hug. I would probably also go to Catlina Island to take the rest of my best friend's ashes. He used to love to go there. If I did not have time to do that, I would release the rest of them in the forest next to my home.

    Then I would go home, and enjoy the nature around me. And then I would take a nice bath so that I'm squeeky clean. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 08, 2007 12:47 AM GMT
    I'd spend some time with family and friends, and I'd spend what time was left with my partner, at home, by the fire, in comfortable silence.
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    Nov 08, 2007 1:13 AM GMT
    "After my taste of Barcelona, this week, I'd want to see the rest of Europe."

    You gotta head to Madrid and south of there next trip, ruck_us. What'd ya see in BCN?

    Not to wax too Buddhist, but we're all dying tomorrow.

    I was present at many assisted deaths at the peak of the AIDS epidemic. Most of my friends died in the same way they lived -- some angry, some peaceful, some desperately sad, some curled up with their lover, some watching TV.

    My mother died with pictures of her childhood and her children all about her, and a bunch of her jewelry in one hand.

    Death is grimly banal.
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    Nov 08, 2007 1:23 AM GMT
    I'd throw one hell of an Irish wake.

    If I'm going out I want my friends and family to remember my final moments with a smile.

    A live Irish band, lots of kegs of good Irish beer, good food, and a bottle of Black Bush for a toast by my friends as they plant me in the ground.

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    Nov 08, 2007 1:24 AM GMT
    Oh, yah, the martinis ...

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    Nov 08, 2007 1:26 AM GMT
    Who else would party it up?
  • zakariahzol

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    Nov 08, 2007 2:08 AM GMT
    I would apologize and ask forgiveness to God and all the people that I have done wrong and sin during my lifetime in this planet.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 08, 2007 2:21 AM GMT
    I'm going to be lame and say I'd try to act out a sexual fantasy I've never had the balls to actually do.
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    Nov 08, 2007 4:23 AM GMT
    Well, I was almost there (may be told I really am before this cancer stuff is all over), but I can tell that I would want to be here at home carrying on with my family, making sure my mom was taken care of as best I could before I died. I would read. Lie across my bed and read...and eat all the chocolate I wanted to....and drink Red Rose tea with bread and butter!

    But who knows. I can say from experience I never expected to react the way I did when I was told I had cancer and the specter of death was before me. So I know that I can not imagine how I will really react when I really must face that I am certainly going to die. I think the mind is incapable of truly imagining that to protect us.

    So really this whole thread is a farce. You cant truly imagine how you will react. I know that from experience.
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    Nov 08, 2007 5:25 AM GMT
    I'm thinking about a bonfire at the beach, or a hot tub in big sur overlooking the ocean...? I am thinking hard about this question. I mean, i really have to know what i like in order to want to do it in my last minutes of life. Right? What do you like?
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    Nov 08, 2007 5:33 AM GMT
    I'd get my best friend to take me down to south padre, and spend the day teaching her all the stuff I know about our religion as I learned it. And teaching her the sign language to her favorite songs. And we'd watch the sun set, and then we'd come back home, and I'd tell my mom I love her, and make her as happy as I could. And then I'd go sit outside and smoke a cigarette, and write a simply little note that simply says, HEY LOOK! I quit smoking.

    They'd laugh through the tears, don't think I'd actually tell them I was going to die though. Cuz my mom and my best friend are the types of people that would try and fix it.
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    Nov 08, 2007 7:03 AM GMT
    Tell everyone how much I love them. I would then curl up in my bed with my rottweiler and my lab, until the final hour. Adios Amigos!
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    Nov 08, 2007 1:06 PM GMT
    It would depend entirely on how I was going to die tomorrow, and how I was able to know about it ahead of time.

    Details, details.
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    Nov 08, 2007 1:16 PM GMT
    Ditto to Runner16's post... only I would want my partner, Todd, to be there with me more than our dogs. And I also think that if it were tomorrow, I would go with few regrets and a lot of gratitude for the fact that as short as it was, it was well-lived, action-packed life. The dreams that weren't lived? They go to the next person to enter the world, with love and hope for fulfillment.

    Man, it's threads like this that make me realize how important it is to live one day at a time.
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    Nov 08, 2007 2:09 PM GMT
    "From the day we are born... we are dying"
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    Nov 08, 2007 2:15 PM GMT
    I would get that Baconator burger from Wendy's. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 08, 2007 2:16 PM GMT
    Onixotto:

    That WILL kill you tomorrow LOL
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    Nov 08, 2007 2:54 PM GMT
    If I was going to die (as in cease all life functions) the day after learning such a death, I would spend the remaining time expressing myself through writing.

    I would express the anger that has informed my life, my frustration, and my disappointment. I would blast what I experience as banal in life in terms of social conventions and common nonsense (contemporary applications of democracy, the absurd economic disparities within our species, failure to support and manuever between each other's idiosyncrasies and to accept responsibilities related to one's idiosyncrasies).

    I would caution people to become more aware of what our species has previously had and has recently opened up in terms of identity. There is no need for us to remain with our oft-dicotomous traditional identities; rather, it is incumbent on each of us to find out who we are outside of, in spite of, and within our social contexts.

    I would, in other words, blurt out all that I have not yet blurted out (all of which is currently withheld, largely due to ever-present need for further maturation).

    I would also try to gather lilacs, as I find their scent unearthly soothing.

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    Nov 08, 2007 3:12 PM GMT
    Can't pretend being pathetic - I'd love to die! So i would celebrate..
    But! no way to.. icon_cry.gif
    Still got plenty to do here, you know icon_lol.gif

    btw, returning to the "Getting Older" topic - i was 52 to post when said:
    Hey guys,
    talking about the age..)
    Remember Dumbledore in his 150s?..
    Anyway.. "who wants to live forever?" - i doubt it

    But does anyone? At least, tell us till what age you'd like to live?

    100, 150, 900?
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    Nov 08, 2007 3:54 PM GMT
    I'm with runner16...

    I'd do my best to make sure my friends all know how much I love them.

    Then, I'd want to go out peacefully alone.

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    Nov 08, 2007 4:34 PM GMT
    Nick of the NorthI would also try to gather lilacs, as I find their scent unearthly soothing.

    That's sort of strange. I'd probably do exactly the same thing.
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    Nov 08, 2007 4:38 PM GMT
    I agree with Runner and Onixotto. Tell family & friends just what they mean to me. Make amends to those i've hurt, forgive those who have hurt me and then hit the local Wendys!!!icon_twisted.gif

    Oh Yeah and the Taco Bell!!