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Schroedray
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If you knew with high probability you had only 2 years left to live, what would you change in your life?
Not a thing.
Remember 2 years could be a long time for some people.

What would you stop doing?
Not a thing.

What would you start doing?
Hug the wife and kids more often.

Would you tell your family, or keep it to yourself?
Never tell anyone, the last thing you what is people feeling sorry for you. That would be terrible, and once you told them you could never take it back.

Would you quit your job and start traveling the world or otherwise focus on your "bucket list"?
No, I love my job, I’m self-employed and my bucket list has very shallow Items in it.

Anagami due to his early retirement seems to have realized sitting around all day and having people wait on you is not very fulfilling. Personal accomplishment will make you feel good about yourself.

Zondor the internet is the best source of educational, reference and training material I have found. All my University classes where bias on the instructors’ point of view. On the Internet I can get many points of view a subject. (example: futures.io)


Ray

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Great thoughts, first it would be spending more time with family. I have been thinking about this lately since I lost my dad September 1st. Miss him very much, first holidays without him. Family is set with life insurance. Most important to me is make sure I am right with my maker, eternity is a loooong time. I think just try to make memories for the ones I am close to.

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If you knew with high probability you had only 2 years left to live, what would you change in your life?

What would you stop doing?

What would you start doing?

Would you tell your family, or keep it to yourself?

Would you quit your job and start traveling the world or otherwise focus on your "bucket list"?

Mike


What about you Mike? I can't see your answer anywhere

cheers
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Consistency over time
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What about you Mike? I can't see your answer anywhere

cheers
Chris

I have one goal right now, build the house, finish that project. If I am still alive when it is done, then who knows what I'll do next.

I am within striking distance of getting it done, and so called "living the dream".

So in that respect, I would not change anything in my life. I wouldn't start/stop doing anything differently than today.

But like I said, after that project is done... who knows, things may change

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I think I would just teach
- teach my kids about life, record memoirs, life lessons, etc
- teach others my skills (programming, trading, life lessons too if they want them)
- meaningfully influence as many people for positive as possible

Leaving a positive mark on people's lives is the next best thing to immortality.

Being a parent of teenagers, I already feel a heavy responsible to teach my children about being good people, preparing them for adulthood, careers, relationships, filtering out negative influences, and how to find the happiness I have found, and helping them hopefully find more than I did.

In between I would enjoy as much of life as possible. Good food, life experiences, spend as much time with my wife and family as possible.

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Asked my wife that question and did explain that it is a theoretical question, you will to die, 200%, in 2 year, etc etc.

After 20 minutes debating with her I gave up.

She persist on her answer:
And what when the doctor was wrong and I'm in better shape then now, ha??

What's that, positive thinking?

Michael

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She persist on her answer:
And what when the doctor was wrong and I'm in better shape then now, ha??

Does that mean she wouldn't make any changes?

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Does that mean she wouldn't make any changes?

Mike

No changes.

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I almost died two years ago... here are the changes I made:

1. LOTS more time with family.

2. Worrying a lot less about money.

3. Making memories, they last when stuff breaks.

4. Because I'm fairly young and hopefully have more than 2 years, I am eating better (slowly) so I can be around longer for my kiddo. BUT if I was older, I'd eat whatever the heck I wanted to whenever I wanted to. I love good food!

5. Teaching my kiddo about life with more intention instead of waiting for teachable moment.

6. Taking lots of pictures.

7. Writing a paper journal. My online stuff might not be accessible

8. Doing my best to live in the moment and be present with people. It's hard at the beginning but much easier now.

9. Developing an attitude of gratitude about even the smallest things.

10. Trying to extend grace to people that piss me off most of the time. I don't really know what they're going through so me being graceful to them makes it easier on both of us. Less stress. Let it go.

Beyond this, I have a bucket list of places to go and things to do. I'm checking them off slowly.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, Leonardo da Vinci


Most people chose unhappiness over uncertainty, Tim Ferris
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My wife was given 18 months to live.. That was 20 years ago. She is a cancer survivor. I watched her go to chemo then go to work a couple hours later puking in the parking lot before she went in... I remember begging her to go home and rest... She told me if she stopped, she would die... She never quit, she never gave in. She never let anyone tell her that her life was over. She taught me how to live.

When you live with someone who has cancer you quickly learn to live everyday as if its the last day with them because you never know when the final day will come. To this day I continue to live everyday as if its my last day with her. I wouldn't change a thing.

Robert

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