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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"?

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I might be able to stop working, but it would require using up all our savings and probably liquidating my trading account. The life insurance I have now would take care of my family after I checked out. But my wife would probably still have to work while I was alive so we wouldn't be able to just take off and do what we wanted.

I'd just spend as much time with my family as I could. I'd be a stay at home daddy for my little girl, and do some traveling when we're able to. I don't have a specific list of things to do or see. Probably stay mostly in the US, go visit national parks and stuff like that.

I feel for people who work paycheck to paycheck and get this news, and have to keep working. Gosh now I'm depressed.

And to add: time with my little girl would be paramount. I'd make videos too, lots of videos where I talk to her and tell her who I am and the things she needs to know to have a good life. Her mother could give them to her when she's older.

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great question, I will sell my house, make my will, lay down in a hammock waiting for the end.

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I might be able to stop working, but it would require using up all our savings and probably liquidating my trading account. The life insurance I have now would take care of my family after I checked out. But my wife would probably still have to work while I was alive so we wouldn't be able to just take off and do what we wanted.

I'd just spend as much time with my family as I could. I'd be a stay at home daddy for my little girl, and do some traveling when we're able to. I don't have a specific list of things to do or see. Probably stay mostly in the US, go visit national parks and stuff like that.

I feel for people who work paycheck to paycheck and get this news, and have to keep working. Gosh now I'm depressed.

My intention wasn't do depress anyone, but provoke thought about how people are living today vs how they would live tomorrow after receiving some kind of life changing news.

While it's true that people living paycheck to paycheck have a more difficult time, I think it would be better to focus on how you are living today (what your choices are today) vs what you would change in the wake of this news.

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great question, I will sell my house, make my will, lay down in a hammock waiting for the end.

So your day-to-day life would change how, no work? But also no travel or no "bucket list" pursuits? Or perhaps the only thing on your bucket list is to die in a hammock

Why sell the house if you aren't going to spend some money

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I already quit the 9 to 5 slavery and have been checking off the items on my bucket list for the last two years, having retired at 35.

Retiring in your 30s isn't what it's cracked up to be.

I explored hedonism for a while... and came to the conclusion (not just intellectually but at the deep gut level) that the only life worth living is a life of meaning.

Actually, I might check myself into a Buddhist monastery for the last two years of my life. I did that before and those were some of the happiest times I have known.

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So your day-to-day life would change how, no work?

yes

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But also no travel or no "bucket list" pursuits?

travel seems like work nowadays, with daily dose of news around the world they make me less adventurous


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Or perhaps the only thing on your bucket list is to die in a hammock

sounds good, doesn't it?


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Why sell the house if you aren't going to spend some money

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it's to pay my kid college tuition.

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

Bucket list for me (and my family), the biggest holdback would be not messing up the kids school.

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I would stop wasting time on the internet.

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I think we should not wait to be in a situation that we "know we only have two years to live" to make changes to our current situation. Why would you make those changes then and not now ?

1. Any day can be that day, knowing it or without knowing it.
2. Some changes could be inspired by unwinding a business, which is a different topic

But in a 'going' situation, one should live every day, not wait to introduce changes or postpone 'to live' until better times or until you find out that there is only limited time left....

So my answer is, ideally the changes should be limited to unwinding the situation, a managed 'shut down' or hand over.

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Hi

I can see positive effects of fasting here and there

As to the question, I would do all those things I want to do but I don't using cheap excuses to talk myself out of doing them.

And I would focus on well known:


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As to the question, I would do all those things I want to do but I don't using cheap excuses to talk myself out of doing them.

@chr1s, I think this is a good list, but if I were in this position, I think I would first want to give up my regrets.

In fact, I try to do that now....

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@chr1s, I think this is a good list, but if I were in this position, I think I would first want to give up my regrets.

In fact, I try to do that now....

Bob.

I always try to picture myself in the future and get into that character thinking about the now moment as it was in the past - would I regret anything. But then I get into excuses and fear which unfortunately still dominates :/

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I think we should not wait to be in a situation that we "know we only have two years to live" to make changes to our current situation. Why would you make those changes then and not now ?

And thus why I created the thread... discussion is good, gets people thinking...

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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)


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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

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

cheers
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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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If I would be sure to have only two years left I would be at first compelled to do something to make them worth.

So being a former smoker I would probably light a cigarette. But as I don't smoke since quite some time, it would taste like shit.

I would have a glass of that bottle of whiskey and discover that I'm not really trained enough to notice the
difference between a 50 dollar bottle and a 300 one.

Being a trader I would probably start thinking to build my biggest position ever, but that would not be a wise way to use money.

I would then start catching with people I don't meet since many years, but I would discover that having a beer with an old friend hasn't anymore the taste it had when I was 18. I would also discover that influence people have over you during the course of your life is much different than the one you have over them and we all have different memories of the time spent togheter.

Travelling? I already travelled a lot in my life but yes I still would do some. Just to discover that no place is like home.

So the conclusion is that I'm just happy the way I'm and everyday I'm living my dream. I would just start appreciating everything more than I currently do.

The logical sequel of this thread would be... do you believe there is something afterlife?

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For a few years I was working a very stressful job making good money and had 6 weeks of vacation a year but I realized the stress, the travel, the work politics just were not worth it so I quit. So if I had 2 years left, I wouldn't change a thing and just keep doing what I'm doing: spending time with family & good friends, traveling, enjoying life, and, once I finally get moved to my property, doing projects on the land.

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Get more life insurance. lol

I think I would really try to do more 'family tradition' things. Like a 1x week family dinner.
More frequent outings with the family. Crafts and physical activities vs things.
Less naps.
Read more.
As others have said try to teach my kid about life more.

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If you could live forever how would you live? Peter Thiel lives like this. I think he is one of the smartest business minds we have living right now.

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If you could live forever how would you live? Peter Thiel lives like this. I think he is one of the smartest business minds we have living right now.

Just watched this new TV series Pilot, Second chance

You will need a proxy outside the US, a little traditional but not entirely awful I must say.

Regarding the two years, having worked with hospices a lot since I was 19 one finds people do a lot of things, detectable symptoms are the obvious behavior modifier. In early Feb 2014 I had a massive amount of spinal damage from a bad boat journey but I did not realise how seriously, walking wounded. After two months I finally had an MRI and the technician actually exclaimed 'shit!'. Most of the rest of the 2014 literally in bed 23 hours a day and only able to move the fingers of my left hand as I was trussed up. In the time since the day of the injury, a sneeze could have paralysed or killed me.

Learned to trade pretty well though as not much else to do.

I'm saying this as though I was aware of chronic pain, pain management etc. in practice from 20+ years of exposure to hospices, I never as deeply appreciated how amazing people can be when in chronic pain and sick from symptoms. I also gained a renewed appreciation that charity hospices and the people who work there are absolutely amazing and if you or a loved one ever face a terminal diagnosis, just visit one for a coffee and a chat. A good hospice is more about life than you would believe. There should be no doom and gloom, it may give you ideas on what to do as many people (particularly with kids) don't know up from down and waste time better spent in other ways.

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2 Years ...
I think I would spend all my money to go around the world.
A classic, yes: D

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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.

Ray

I notice people also like to say 'travel around the world'. After six months, it's a drag.

Through my experiences, I sort of embraced Frankl's logotherapy. It's about meaning, nothing else. And such a meaning is self-chosen, as things do not come prepackaged.

You decide what things mean. CHOOSE WELL.

"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." - Milton
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