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Started:August 22nd, 2013 (06:09 AM) by Big Mike Views / Replies:2,359 / 26
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Six months to live

Old August 22nd, 2013, 12:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Any plan to simultaneously rectify less debt and more travel?

I am surprised by most answers so far in that they aren't what I expected. I figured a lot more would have drastic changes in mind, and it was that I wanted to focus on .... Basically a challenge as to "why wait"?

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I don't really have any debt any longer....none to really speak of. I don't use credit cards, paid cash for my last vehicle and if I can't afford it, I don't buy it.....

Travel is a bit more difficult with a kid....since my wife and I like international travel and the only time to do that is in the summer when she's not in we have to be careful with the pennies and if its to expensive, we don't go...that being said, the lack of pennies is beginning to be less of an issue. I have another semester of school after this one and another side project I'm working on so once those things are more or less wrapped up, I think we'll start traveling again.....the really big one though is just spending time with friends and family. Thats where life is lived.....holed up in an office or a cube or worse, my home office with my trading screen is not my idea of living life.....yes those things make the money part of living possible but its not life.

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 04:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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First of all, before I reached that condition I'd live in "carpe diem" or "no regrets" mode. Work as hard as you can to fulfill your dreams, or at least try. You don't know when you will lose your health or your life. Life is too short to have a bunch of unfulfilled "someday I want to..." cluttering up your casket/urn.

Then, if I did get a dreaded 6-month warning, I'd spend as much time with my family, creating as many good meaningful moments and memories as possible with them, write a memoir or journal of life lessons, write down all of the things I have been thinking about working on or researching but don't have time to work on anymore in case anybody else wants to pick up where I left off. I would write songs about my family and try to perform/record it for them. I'd try to connect to and impact as many other people as possible around me in a positive way, teaching, mentoring, etc.

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 05:01 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I think I am more in line with @shodson. I want to make sure my knowledge lives on. I may try to write a book with my notes as well as try to train as many others as I can on what I know. If you see a great big ZIP file with source code uploaded on (formerly BMT) from me, you know I got this warning.

Also, I feel that death is only the end of my physical form. (I kinda like this form, don't get me wrong) But, I only feel you truly die when you are forgotten. Think of all our fore-fathers; Washington, John Handcock, etc. These names and lives live on through history for what they have done an accomplished for the world. Yes, their physical form is gone, but they still live on every-time a teacher, parent, person, and/or child speaks, thinks or writes about them. I want to spend my last 6 months making sure I am a George Washington or John Handcock, I want to be remembered for a long time.

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 05:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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If you see a great big ZIP file with source code uploaded on (formerly BMT) from me

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 06:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Depends on why I was given 6 months.......

If it's for cancer, I've seen a few good documentaries on netflix about the Gerson therapy which is basically eating and juicing organic foods so your body can naturally rid itself of toxins. So I would spend my time documenting this process and being as public as possible about the process regarless of the outcome (This past week was one year of my mother in law passing away from cancer) you guessed it, chemo didn't do it..

A more generic answer would be not much. Being a Christian, dying doesn't scare/worry me. Maybe I would make the effort to see an old child hood friend who lives out in CA now living a completely different lifestlye, but still someone I could chat with for hours. Maybe renew my wedding vows in a vineyard like we had hoped to do someday.
For sure would probably buy that dovetail jig I've always wanted, so I could make some nice jewelry boxes as keepsakes for my 2 young daughters.

Life is good as is. Traveling to far exotic places isn't something I currently desire.

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Old August 24th, 2013, 12:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Why wait?


I see someone is concerned about my safety.

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Old August 25th, 2013, 04:04 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Many times people are told they have a short period of time to live and make it through despite the doctor's diagnosis. But if my six months were definitely guaranteed, I'd honestly ignore my initial hedonistic urges and instead maybe fly out to a beautiful ashram and seriously try to meditate for the majority of my stay. I'd try to get a keen understanding of my own self with this body if I knew I'd have to part for eternity. I'm sure there is a bucket list of things I'd love to do like the cliche sky diving or other adrenaline rushes I'd also love to squeeze in there. To resonate with the trend of this thread I can say knowing I have six months would definitely push me to get my ass in gear with actually accomplishing the things I want to do instead of being passive and always thinking there will be a tomorrow to accomplish such. This thread has inspired me to some degree to question why exactly I feel I have so much time to put off my to do list.

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Old August 25th, 2013, 07:39 AM   #18 (permalink)
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6 months...hmm...

I'd stop trading immediately. Better things to do with the time. I'd put the company in good hands and I'd cash in my life insurance, so the wife has no trouble getting that sorted after I expire.

Then I'd just spend time with my family. Vacations are a must but I wouldn't take the kids out of school. I would do the school run every day and ensure we had a family dinner together every night.

I wouldn't change the weekends because that's 99% family time anyway.

My eldest lad is 11, so I'd take him away for the weekend and there I'd explain what was going to happen. No need to tell the 4 year old but I'd use the time on the boy to try and instill in him the values I think make a man.

With this done, I'd be sad to go but content that I'd done my best for those that are staying behind.

I think that's it pretty much (well - aside from the coke and hookers).

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Old August 25th, 2013, 12:55 PM   #19 (permalink)
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If I had six months...

1) Ask Mike if my Elite membership could be valid if I login from heaven
2) Ask Sam if the rented server could have better latency now that I am above earth
3) Open a commodity account with another broker so I could claim I was a customer as well
4) Call all the one's that told me to "drop dead" to tell them their wish came through
5) Call my lawyer and tell him to rearrange the will...maybe leaving everything to the Dog was not a good idea.
6) Tell my best friend that he is still my best friend
7) Open a coffee shop by the name of "Star Sucks" and make the world's worst coffee. Then come up with my terminology for size and pretend I don't know what "small" means
8) Call the girl from my stag party and see if she could throw one last dance
9) Ask the Tomb Stone guy to have 2 words: "Stopped Out"
10) Tell the Doctor who told me I have six months that I can pay bill the bill in 9 months, to see if I can get an extension....


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Old October 29th, 2013, 08:53 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Recently I had a fairly big decision to make on how the next few years of my life would pan out. I had some savings built up and I had just sold an apartment I was letting out and I had the choice of either using the money to go travelling or using it to set up a trading account and having a proper go at this after flirting with it for a couple of years.

I left my office job about six weeks ago and decided to go full time into trading, I decided that if it worked out I'd be able to go travelling later on, with more money to do it.

If I had six months left to live then clearly I'd reverse that decision and go travelling, no point learning to trade if I die before it bears fruit.

At 24 I have no kids to worry about, and no particularly close family aside from my girlfriend of seven years so I'd just focus on enjoying myself, and her.

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