What would you do if you only had months or weeks to live?
People who know how much time they have left were asked on Reddit: "How does your day look?" One user, wearealldying, shared some words of wisdom about how to make the most of the time you have left.
"Liver cancer here, result of extreme iron-overload undetected for far too long. Metastatic now. Bad. There is nothing that can be done.
So, really anyday now. But here is the thing, we are all dying. Ever second that goes by is one second closer to it. So today, tomorrow, next week, next year....all of those moments are way more valuable than you realize. You don't understand how short life is until you can see the end. I'm 42. I won't live to see my daughter graduate from high school. I won't see go to prom, go to college, get married, have kids, all of that. I won't be here to comfort her when she gets her heartbroken. I won't be here to support her, take care of her, watch out for her. My wife is a wreck. Somedays it's like I'm already dead, and she's just lost in grief. There are no words to make her feel better. I cannot tell her everything is going to be okay because I am going to die. She knows it, I know it, there is no easy way to accept that.
Day to day? Make the best out of it. I'm not blowing money left and right because I want to leave it behind for my girls. Quit smoking. Ironic. Spend a lot of time getting my shit together for when I am gone. Who I want to have what. Insurance, bills, finances sorted out and set up to make it as easy as possible for my wife at the transition. Have written some letters for my daughter to get when she is older. Have put together a lot of home videos from when she was little, stuff she won't remember and I won't be around to tell her about... early birthdays, time we spent together, I want her to have those memories. Made two videos, one for my wife and one for my girl. I want them to be able to see me happy, not hurting, see my face, hear my voice. Got my shit together as far as last wishes, when I want them to pull the plug and let me go, how I don't want a funeral. I've set aside money for them to throw a party as a memorial. Drink and eat and share good memories.
Other than that I go to work when I can, work from home when I can't. Spend as much time with my girls, my parents, my sisters family, my dogs as humanly possible. Eat good steak, drink good alcohol, enjoying every sunrise, sunset, and moment in between. We all have to make the best of what we've got while we've got it. There is no better time than today, because tomorrow isn't promised to any of us."
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