From the presentations I came to an understanding that people have different views on it. Having that some people would have different lives if they were limited and some would be different. If I had one more week to live I would try to do everything I've ever wanted before i go. I would live my life to the fullest for that week. I would think of it as that there is no time to waist. However if I had five years to live my life would change drastically, having that I wouldn't even think about having a wife and kids. I would just think about having a quick career and making as much money as I could.
If I knew that i would live forever then I would take all the time that I need to find a wife and kids, finish school, or start a very good career. I would do everything I've ever dreamed of plus more.
I believe in taking every moment in life and living it like it’s your last, never taking a day for granted because it may be the last day you have on earth. Even though we know how short life is, we barely live while we are alive. One day it will all be over, when you remember this every morning you will start to live life, your life becomes powerful.
Nowadays we are all distracted by our phones and social media, we forget to experience life in the actual world. We're always living in our past or in our future, but never in the moment. Life is all about experiences, whether they’re good or bad you never know who or what you’ll encounter next, and that is why you have to be ready for the unexpected.
Nothing is more powerful than the idea of living your life to the fullest. Many people don’t “seize the moment” to do what they want, they put-off things that bring them joy and happiness because of different excuses. Many of us act like we are going to live forever, there are no guarantees for next year, next month or even tomorrow.
No matter if you’re going to live for one week or one month or live for years, live your everyday life like it’s your last day and life will start to surprise you.
Each presentation expressed different points of view, but overall they all came to the same conclusion that we should live our best life every day. Life is passing, and because of the matter of time, we lose the ability to enjoy every moment and experience life as it is. So why should we always be limited to a period to do all we want to do before leaving this world.
In my opinion, if I was the one who only had one week or month or five years to live, I would’ve lived my life the way it is. I would stay as close as I am to my friends and family, continue my education as I am working on it today; but one thing I would’ve done which I’m not doing right now is that I would contact every number in my phone contacts and have a short conversation with the people who I’ve known for a quit bit a while. Living forever is too dull.
There should be an end for everything, and the phrase of live forever can’t work for me. Of course, there are differences between periods of time. When the time to finish our lives get closer, our brains tend to focus more on activities we have dreamed of doing the whole life so because of such a reason we naturally live the last moments of living happily.
To be honest, if i had a week to live i would be living my best life. I would get a credit card and rack up so much debt it wouldn’t matter because i would be dead! I would go sky diving, swimming with sharks, eat at a bunch of good and expensive places like a steakhouse or fancy sushi place. I would buy so much makeup and just wear a ridiculous amount of name brand clothing. If i had 5 years to live, i would travel the world within that time. I would still continue being reckless but not as reckless. I would always make sure my family and friends knew i loved them before i left. I would probably plan an extravagant funeral so everyone can remember me in good memory. Now if i could live for an eternity, I would just simply want to die. Everyone I know and love would just die before i did and that would hurt me so much. Yeah it would be nice to travel all parts of the world and have time to do literally everything but eventually it would get boring. i feel the less time you have, the more reckless you are. the more time you have, the more careful you are.
What I gathered from the presentations was that the main motto was to live your life as if everyday was your last day. While I do not agree with such a belief, it was understandable. There is a vast difference between a week, 5 years, and forever, and it was understandable why there was such a great difference in how people decided to live.
Whether I have a week to live, five years to live, or even if I could live forever, my goals would not change nor would my daily routine. People claim that if they had only a week to live, they would succumb to crazy activities and essentially live with no responsibilities, and if they have five years to live, they would take things much slower. All in all, the main concept was that the shorter the time, the more extreme the activities. This kind of thinking is something that I do not side with as I do not see the limitations that people claim exist. The limitations that they claim exist are simply the limitations they place on themselves. People claim that they cannot travel due to time and money constraints, but they do not understand that they have to sacrifice the time necessary for travel, it wont simply just appear out of nowhere. This is the case for many other activities and lifestyles.
The main reason that I won't change my lifestyle for each scenario is that I do not have any regrets, and If i want to do something I make sure to make it my priority. Whether I am constricted to only a week, five years, or forever on Earth, my routine will not change and what I deem as important I will proceed to make it my priority. Some personal examples include but are not limited to; traveling to various countries (on short notice, so maybe only 1 week gap between desire and execution), extreme activities (zip lining, cliff diving, and soon sky diving), and many other things. My point being is that if one truly wants to "live" life, then it should not matter how much time they have. If they have something on their mind and if their resolve is strong enough, then they should simply do it. Many individuals overestimate their problems and simply accept defeat, while others see that they are the masters of their world. In conclusion, there should not be a difference in how one lives these time periods, maybe only for living forever but that is not realistic. If one is truly content with their life, then they would not try to squeeze a million activities into a week and disregard all responsibilities. Naturally, no one will always have happy times but even then they should live life with no limitations placed on them. People could complete their "bucket lists" a lot faster if they overcame the fear inside themselves and realized that the major thing stopping them are themselves.
Life is a gift. Like a gift, however, life can be taken for granted. Often people do not understand the opportunity that they have been gifted. It is incredibly easy to look at society and see just how a healthy life is underappreciated. Planning, predicting, and preventing are all common views toward the future that no-one actually lives in the present, appreciating what is happening now. It is few and far between when people live in the moment, rather than for the moment. It is a healthy refresher when the present moment demands you’re full and undivided attention. The situation allows you to see all that you are capable of if you would only focus. That is why it is important to appreciate and live every moment in life. It is important to know that this moment is not the last or the only one, but to still be present. It is important to plan life in increments. To build upon the moments that we are given. To think of life in terms of weeks, to months to years and not, what would you do if you only have 5 years to live but rather where do you really want to be in 5 years? Once we can begin to appreciate our lives we can answer these questions honestly and work towards our goals instead of looking to them as dreams. A huge paradigm shift must occur in our lives to look at our journey in this way but we must be open to it and not shelter ourselves from the truth.
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” This Buddha quote sums up the lesson learned from this question. There is a definite difference between the time periods one would have left to live, because if we think we would live forever, then there wouldn’t be as much, if any, motivation, to tackle bigger goals and bucket list items. We often don’t like to think about our lives being temporary, so we numb out the thought and do, in fact, take our time for granted. If I had one week left to live, I could say I would go on a mass indulgent spree of drugs, binge eating and gambling, but I would more realistically struggle greatly with guilt and regret of the things I didn’t do sooner. With 5 years left to live, it would give me time to achieve accomplishments, such as writing a book, travelling and telling loved ones everything I would need to say. Living forever would likely result in taking time for granted, as there would be no fire under my feet to act as quickly. The take away from this is that living life knowing you won't live forever is good to keep in mind in order not to take life for granted, and to accomplish goals and dreams as much as possible.
If I had a week to live, I would not be writing this right now. Instead, I would be spending time with my family and my girlfriend and completing my bucket list priorities. I would also be applying for life insurance so my loved ones could be supported. If I had five years to live, I would constantly be working and grinding to save as much money as I can for my family and my girlfriend. At the same time, I would constantly be searching for a way to extend my life if possible because the thought of this would be killing me. Now if I could live forever, even I'm not entirely sure how I would choose to live my life. I would most likely continue living the way I am now and letting the future take its toll and direction. Having this ability would not influence my view on life. I would be more scared than thrilled If I knew I was going to live forever. Between these time periods, there is not much difference when considering the main priorities. To me, those include spending time with my loved ones in each of these time frames. I would also find a way to do things I have always wanted to do because I wouldn't have anything to lose. Nevertheless, family and loved ones will always be a priority.
In the end, everyone chooses to live there lives as best as could be live. Thats what everyone wants, isn't it? I sure do and so do my other classmates as well. If i had a week to live, id want to do, and experience things i have never before. Of course with out disrupting the lives of other or my family, even then i wouldn't want to burden others. Id visit places not far but nice places with my loved ones. I like simple things. If i had 5 years left to live id get a job and work up the money to spend the last couple of my years living a life style of my choice. If i had forever to live, id honestly would try and do what everyone in movies or shows try to do, find the secrets of the world to rule all.
If I had one week to live, like Sam, I would be as reckless as possible. I would do all that I ever wanted to do without worrying about a thing, since I knew my time was coming to an end. If I had 5 years to live, I would have goals and do my best to reach them, but I’d be a bit more relaxed considering I have 5 years rather than a week. I would be more conscious when making decisions, whereas if I had only a week my actions would solely be based on impulse. If I knew I was going to live forever, I wouldn’t feel the need to suddenly do everything I’ve ever wanted to do, considering the fact that I'd have all the time in the world left. I agree with Sam’s statement that the only difference between these time periods should be the methods in which we accomplish our goals, not our mindset. In other words, we should live every day as if it is our last and be sure to accomplish all we’ve ever wanted to do, but if we had less time we would take a different approach. The less time we have, the less thought goes into our actions.
Great post Amanda! I definitely agree with the both of you over how the methods in which we accomplish our goals would be changed given these varying time periods, but the way that we treat and appreciate life should always stay the same no matter what the circumstances may be. I would agree that if given a week left to live, I would act mainly on impulse rather than thinking logically about the consequences, and I am sure that we would all take more risks. Amazing analysis of the question at hand!
There is a definite difference between the time periods provided above because it affects\ ones morals, judgements, and stress levels. When there is only a week left for someone to live they tend to go crazy and do things they wouldn't normally do because they feel the pressure of the limited time they have on earth. In five years there is still some stress but since there is a longer span of time people will do the extreme activities once a year and focus more on the future of the people around them, When there is limitless amount of time the person wont be stressed or bother doing anything extreme because they have all the time in the world to get anything the want to get done, as a result they would live stress free. To me not much would change in the difference in the time periods other than my desire to learn more things. If I have a week to live I rather spend that time with my loved ones instead of reading a book about economics. But if I am immortal I would read as much as possible, play all the video games in the world, try all the career fields, and visit all of the countries in the world.
I don't necessarily think that what my classmates said is necessarily true. They think that people should live everyday like its their last one, however people don't do that; their minds set is different. I think that though the span of life time effects ones life choices, it is best to try to not stress yourself and just live life the way you are living it already, don't alter your morals because of the time or lack there of.
If I had a week to live, I would be running off as little sleep as possible. I would be trying to do as many things as I could and spend time with as many loved ones as possible. I would not overthink things and just follow my gut without hesitation. If I had 5 years to live, I would not be spending it at school sitting in a classroom. I believe I would be traveling a lot and experiencing new ways of living. I would try to meet as many new people as possible and experience their culture and learn as much as I could about the world I was living in. If I were to live forever, I would not rush or be in a hurry to do anything. I would be more relaxed and not be consumed by deadlines or getting to places as quickly as possible. The reason we think so differently of all these time frames is because we see how much time we have left. But in reality we never know when we'll go, we might be here today and not the next.
I agree, with the presentations about living a life as if it was filled with respect. I believe that no matter how long you are on this Earth you should live it as if every day was last. A person should try to live with respect and composition to those around them, whether they are strangers or those close to them. The amount of time a person lives should not dictate how they live their life. Being a person who is seen as a good person will always be remembered fondly to those they have affected. There is no greater feeling than being an honorable person in this world. The amount of time that is spent living whether it be a week, five years, or forever should be spent being useful to humanity. It is better to give than to receive because it’s the actions we do to help that a person will be remembered by. There should not be a difference in the amount of time we live because a person should live with compassion in their hearts.
I agree with you. Everyone should live as if this is their last day on Earth because no one knows when their last day is and nowadays the rate of death is way too high which makes most people (like me) think that they could die tomorrow or even few minutes later. Therefore, everyone should live their lives to the fullest because you never know what life can bring with itself.
I agree, many people focus a lot on the way the live their lives in the aspect about what they should do not by the actions or way they act towards another person and people don’t think about being respectful, kind, etc. towards another person once it’s too late rather than doing that when that person was around.
The way I live my life would most definitely change varying on the different time frames. If I only had a week to live, I would probably be very reckless with my actions much like what one of the presenters said. Like him, I would not waste time thinking twice about anything; I would most likely blow my money in any way possible. The only thing I would do consciously is see all of my friends and family one more time, so we could say our last goodbyes. Other than that, I would live every minute to the absolute fullest. Seeing that I would only have a week, I probably would not travel too much. I would save this for the scenario where I only had five years left to live. Every six months, I would travel to a new country and live it to the best of my abilities. I would have to be more sparing on cash compared to if I only had a week, but I still wouldn't hold back. Much like what one of the presenters said, I would have a more planned out approach. If I were going to live forever, I would be far more invested in saving money and creating a stable life. I would want to build the house of my dreams in a place I loved so that I could carry out my days in happiness. Seeing that I would have to make money to make it through all those years, I would have to find a steady job that I enjoyed. After several decades, I would probably switch things up to avoid any boredom. Maybe I would attend school again and switch my career. Just from looking at life from those three perspectives, I can clearly see that there would be a difference between the different time periods. I would have to view family, friends, money, luxury, careers, and so many things in a different light.
When asked about how an individual would live their life if given certain time periods left to live, most would answer that they would live their lives differently according to the given amounts of time left. As for myself, if I was given a week to live, I would without a question attempt to accomplish every single realistic thing that I have ever wanted to, such as the items on my bucket list. Since I would only have 7 days left to enjoy the beautiful life that I have been given, I would try to cram everything into the week I had left to live while spending time with the ones that I love. If I was going to live for 5 years only, I would allow myself less pressure to do everything so rapidly and spread out these activities. However, I would still live everyday to the fullest and enjoy the beautiful life that I have the privilege of living. If I was going to live forever, then I would really plan to accomplish so many more things than I currently have planned for my finite lifespan, seeing as that I would have an infinite amount of time to do whatever I wanted. But as previously mentioned, I would still try to enjoy everyday and live my life to the fullest, because an eternal lifespan would become so bland and boring if you did not find a way to enjoy every single moment of it. In my opinion, there should be difference approaches to time management with these given time periods, but in terms of the ways that you live your life, I believe that every day a person is blessed to live should be treated exactly the same: Live every day as if it were your last.
If I had a week to live, I would probably just spend my last few days being around those that make me happy and just have fun. This is mainly because the contents of my bucket list are more life goals that come with years of hard work - not just the common "go skydiving". If I had 5 years left to live, I would still make sure to be around positive people, but I would also work on myself. Meaning, I would try to get mentally stronger and be more grateful (strengthen the relationships with my family members who I have taken for granted over these past few years of my life). If I was going to live forever, you best believe that I will be working on my bucket list. There is no limit to my bucket list, I add goals every few months, making it harder to achieve. (Basically, I want a lot in/for my life, and I know that I am the ONLY person who can give myself exactly what I want. No waiting around or worrying about someone doing it for me.) There shouldn't be any difference between these time periods, but I give myself the excuse of time, to not work on the things I need to work on, even when the thing is just myself. It shouldn't be that way. Yes, this is the cheesy saying that almost every motivational speaker and some of my classmates have stated: People should live everyday like it is their last, because you really don't know if you will make it to tomorrow. There are just some things that you don't have any control over (accidents, natural disasters, etc.). So, you need to work hard on the parts of your life that you CAN control (relationships, mentality, physicality, etc.).
Life is usually lived in fear. We fear bad judgments from other people, and being a disappointment to those we love. So we live our lives with conformity, and do what we think others want us to do. If I had a week to live, the barrier holding me back from all I want to do would be broken. I would act upon my true feelings without guilt. I would do everything I've ever wanted to do, and say everything I've ever wanted to say. If I had 5 years to live, however, I would perform this process much more slowly, and would plan out what I want to do and how. With the time constraint of 1 week, it would be difficult to methodically determine the order of your actions. And if I were to live forever, I would likely live the first lifetime as anyone would: doing what you love, but being careful about it. But as time goes on and I begin to live longer than anyone else, I would realize that life is meant to be lived however you want to live it. I would stand up for all my beliefs, without fear of repercussions. I would make as many positive changes to the world as I could, seeing as I'll be here forever. But as my classmates said, it shouldn't matter how long you'll live. Everyone should live their lives with truth and love. Time restraints make us realize the value of our lives, and that's when we want to start being real with ourselves. But the truth is, we should always be real. We should live life vigorously, and be unapologetically us.
I believe we should not take our lives for granted. We never know when our last day on this earth might be. If i knew i had a week to live i would probably live happy and spend everyday with the people I love. I'll make sure to let them know how much they mean to me and how much i appreciate them. If I have had 5 years to live I would travel the world and continue to live happy with my love ones. If I knew exactly how much time i had left on this earth I know for a fact that i would love and enjoy my life. I wouldn't let anything stop me from doing everything I want to do. I would live life this way because Im certain of how long my life will last.
If i had to live forever I would probably hate it. Having no limits makes a person(or at least me) recent life. I would hate it and find no value because there is no end to it. Life if valuable because of death.
I believe that everyone should not waste their lives with hate and anger. We should love and understand that even if we don't die tomorrow we should respect death and cherish the gift we were given. Having a limit or no limit should not be a reason why we should't live our lives grateful everyday.
I agree with you. I would hate it too if I knew that I could live forever because then there would not be any limits for me to be able to achieve my goals which would make me procrastinate more and not finish everything on time.
You are always planning for the future. Your thoughts are consumed with finishing school, getting a job, getting married, buying a house, and the all-consuming thought that time is moving fast and running out. So you never stop and do something that you actually want because you think you’ll have time later on once you get everything in order. But here’s the thing, you don’t know when you’ll die. You can die later today, tomorrow, next week, a year from now and yet that hasn’t stopped you from doing what you really want to do. If I had a week to live, all these things that constantly stress me would no longer be important because they would no longer affect me. But a week is too quick to do anything drastic, so if I had a week to live, I would live it normally and spend it with my family and friends. I’d like my last few days to revolve around giving the people I care about peace. If I had five years to live, then I’d give up on everything that has been holding me back and just do everything I’ve always wanted. If I were to live forever though, I think I’d live a lot faster. Years ago, I read a New York Times article published in 1993 titled A Brief Version of Time, where the author proposes that if people were to live forever, there would be categorized in two groups, the Laters and the Nows. If I were to live forever, I’d like to be part of the Nows, the ones who can do all they can imagine, like having infinite careers, read all the books, see all the places, do everything. With infinite time, there’s an infinite number of things that I would do.
If I only had a week to live, I would be living my life as an adrenaline junky, doing things that I was always to scared of doing or just never came around to doing. As a classmate said, I would also want to make sure that I say goodbye to all my loved ones and make sure that I spend time with them, but I wouldn’t want it to be a sad time. I’d want to be able to celebrate the life that I had and make sure that everyone that I love will be well taken cared for. On the other hand, if I knew I only had five years to live, I would still want to do all the things that I said previously but just not all at once. By what was said in class by my classmates, they all came up with the same idea of living life to the fullest if they knew when they would die. Obviously in the shorter time frame of a week, one would be far more reckless and do crazy things that they would never do normally. But to know that it would take 5 years then id want to enjoy every little moment, something that I probably wouldn’t do if I had 1 week because it would all go in a blink of an eye. If I knew that I was going to live forever, id take my time with everything, especially school. I wouldn’t rush into anything and I would try to cherish the time I have with people that don’t have forever like me. Truly, I would not want to live forever because I would hate to see everyone I once knew to be gone. The difference between these time periods are only how fast they would be happening. In all scenarios I would be doing all of the same things just not as quickly.
I personally believe in the fact that the meaning of living is to change from one thing to another. We live in a realm where everything is eventually going to adapt either for the better or for the worse like history and politics to name only a few. In this case where we would know when our expiration date will be due, I would not think that it should change our philosophy in how we should live. So long as we change in someway within our life span.
This will be a absurd example of my argument, but it is still a good example. In Season 2, episode 11 of the Simpsons titled "One Fish, Two Fish, Blow Fish, Blue Fish", Homer Simpson becomes paranoid over the fact that he possibly only has 24 hours to live. So he does all of these things in his bucket list like having a man-to-man talk with his son and going hang gliding. The reason I mention this episode is because even though Homer thinks he has only 24 hours to live, he still goes through change in his limited lifespan. He changes from a middle-class father who is casually living life in a mediocre way, to trying to do all the things he wants to do before he dies.
No matter if someone lives for 24 hours or when they are immortal, it does not really matter. The only thing that matter is how they adapt.
Life is precious and time is priceless. With a limited time left to live, your last moments become valuable and you'll have a feeling to spend it the best way possible. Or you could just wait it out. The first presenter stated that no one truly knows how much time you have left. I agree with that statement that no one knows when their time hits zero. If everyone did know, then everyone would change how they would live now and try to do everything they want within the time they have. There are exemptions. Those who visit a medical institution and receive the bad news (or good news), they will know the estimated time left before they're gone. As for everyone, no one possesses the information of how much time we truly have left. The second presenter said that with any time we're given, our mindset remains the same but our methods are ultimately different. If there was a week left, the last few moments would be reckless and rushed since you want to do everything in the short amount of time. For five years remaining, plans can be made and the bucket list can be approached much more slowly than having a week left. As for living forever, the presenter stated that it would get quite boring. As for me, I see it differently. If I were to live forever, I would try to record every moment down. I think it would be quite exciting and cool to see the world change generation after generation. You would be able to witness history repeat itself. With all the time in the world, you could do and try everything you can. Technological advances would be fascinating to try out and if there were missions to outer space and planets, I would probably sign up just to have an out of this world experience as well. My mindset will still be as it is now with certain interests and the thrill to do something exciting. Now if I were to have a week left to live, I would continue my daily routine and probably drop out of college since the next major/important paper I'll get is a death certificate. If I had five years left, I'd still get the paper but before I do, I'll start earning some funds to travel the world and of course, experience all the fun things to do such as paintballing or pilot a military jet. In conclusion, I agree with what my classmates said on living life, that no one knows when our time ends and that our methods are different when given a time limit or not. Your life is your own, not someone else's to live. So, make it count.
Often the uncertainty of death keeps us from living life without fear. We don’t explore or take risks because we don’t know if those risks will have serious consequences later down the line. We expect that we will live a nice full life, usually past 60, and because of this we don’t live life boldly and most importantly we are never truly honest with one another. How many times have we held back what we truly feel because it may fracture a relationship for years to come. I agree with Sam that we must live life to the fullest regardless of how much time we have left. Humanity must embrace life as though they are only given a week to live. I argue that if we begin to take this approach to everyday decisions, we will become significantly happier, as we only opt for the decisions that will make us the happiest. If I was given a week or five years to live, I would hope that I spend it the exact same way I live my regular life, honest and making decisions that make me happy with regard to other people. With these decisions, I do not intend to be a jerk. No, I simply wish to make decisions that will benefit me the most while being fair for everyone. The easiest way to accomplish this is to begin with being honest to those around us. Rather than lying and sparing feelings, I maintain that he best way to spare feelings is through sheer honesty. So if given a week or any other period, I would spend it being honest with everyone.
I always think about the future and worry about the future more than I think and worry about the present. If I had a week to live, I would try to help as many people as I could. I would do everything that I always wanted to do and I would not be scared anymore because I knew that his is the only time that I got to do something that I always wanted to do. If I had 5 years to live, I would still want to do everything that I alway wanted but I would not do it all at once. I would plan out my life based on those five years that I have ahead of me. I would not worry about studying to become a doctor in the future anymore. Instead I would focus more on having fun and living my life to the fullest. If I was going to live forever, I would not rush through my life ignorer to do everything at once. In fact I would not rush at all because I would have infinite opportunities to do something that I always wanted to do. I would not sit at home studying day and night and forget about my social life. I would take my time but I would complete all the dream that I ever had. There should not be any difference in these time periods. There should be a limit to how much of the things that one wants to accomplish can actually accomplish in those different time periods.
I, like many of my peers, would go and do as many things as humanly possible in the span of a week, if that was all I had left to live. I would surround myself with those I love and go do as many things with them as we could before I left this physical plane. I would tell them to throw a party on the day of my departure, to celebrate the last week of my life that I shared with them. I would ask that they all get together, no matter their personal differences, and celebrate the fact that they were important to me, every year on that day. To not mourn that I am gone, but to cherish the memories that we shared. If I had five years left to live. I would travel the world with a different person each month for three years. Then I would spend six months with Tibetan monks, in silent meditation the whole time, only stopping to do essential functions. The last year and a half I would spend with my family and friends. Enjoying my last days with them and in the end, I would do the same thing, ask them to not mourn my passing but to cherish what time we did have together and what was learned in that time. If I lived forever, I would spend my time learning as much as I could, an again with those that I love. I do not think there should be much difference in how we live if we know we have these time periods, because in reality we do not know when we are going to die. So, I believe you should do what makes you the happiest in your life, as long as you do not intentionally hurt others, do you. The only thing for certain in this life is death, we can guess what comes after but until we cross that bridge we won’t know.
People should always live in the moment. Most people including myself always worry about the future and the past. Whatever has occurred in the past should be left in the past. I do agree with the three presentations that went on during class. One of the students said "Never take your day for granted" everyone should live life to the fullest. Don't be afraid to take risks. Life is all about experiencing, take chances on everything you do. I would live my life to the fullest if I had a week to live. I would try to accomplish every goal small or big at a small amount of time. If had 5 years to live I would take my time and make sure my family, friends and I are happy with how life is going. Time is precious, one day it will all be over. I also strongly believe that people should treat everyone with respect, because you never know what that person is going through and when their last moments will be. Live life like its the last day because you never know when it might come to and end.
The way that we live your life should not be spend on the amount of time we have but by the way we want to live it. Though the time we have to live might impact the way that people live their lives since it may limit them to do other things some people may do or change the whole dynamic of their lifestyle by either living in fast paced way or a calm way or even continue to live their life as they usually do and focus on what is important in life such as being respectful, generous, etc. and even be there for family and friends since it allows one to be able to realize what truly matters to them.
Many of the older generation say how fast life passes by. Since we don’t know when is our last day on earth, many of us tend to waste time and take it for grated by not being productive and swimming through life with no pressure. We all have wasted time by either watching tv, being on social media, or just simply by not being happy. No one knows when is their last day on this planet but if my time was limited I would change my life style completely. Just like my classmate stated, depending on how much time I have left to live, it would create different amounts of pressure and stress levels. If I had five years to live I would quit school and work at a job I enjoy in order to spend the last of my time stress free and save enough money to travel with the support of my parents. I would spend more time with my family and spend other time hanging out with my closest friends. Since five years is a good amount of time, I would attempt to complete everything on my bucket list as soon as possible. If I had a week to live, I would spend every living day with my family and write a personal letter to each one describing how proud and thankful I am for having them. If I lived forever I wouldn’t have high stress levels and would live life more at ease knowing I have infinite amount of time. I feel like I would spend my life more happy not being immortal because It would give me motivation and give my life more meaning knowing I only have one life to live. Living forever means I’m going to outlive my family so my main focus would be taking care and supporting them. Making their experience the best I can make of it. Immortality would decrease my motivation in making money and create a search for a deeper meaning to life since money wouldn’t buy me happiness at some point. Between these time frames my priorities would change but overall I would spend most time with my loved ones.
I believe that every second of your life should be used like it is your last. If any of the answers are different between any of the time intervals, then you are living life wrong. Taking life for granted is something that everyone does, especially people living the grand life. Life is something that should be taken seriously, without any regrets nor expectations. If someone expects something less or greater, or regrets something, then they cannot live life the way they want to since they are only looking towards that expectation or regret. Life itself should be looked at in the present, never in the past nor the future, otherwise life cannot be lived to the fullest. Although there are some circumstances where one should look into the future to live their life, it is something that should be taken with a grain of salt, as it may or may not happen the way they prepare for it or expect it to be. In any case, I, myself, would do all the things I have ever wanted if I had a shorter time left to live. I would not be doing the same old things everyday until the day I die. I would be living everyday with something and someone new and different, so I can experience if not all but most things that every human should live through before they die. All in all, everyone should live their life the way they want, because in the end, it is their choice whether they want to live and die happy, or live and die in sorrow.
If I had a week to live, I, like most of my classmates, would live fearlessly. Where the agreement ends however is on the subject of action. A lot of people said they would travel or not care about debt. I rather prioritize leaving a legacy or an impression on people. I would still love to complete my bucket list but I think the first thing I would want to do is tell more people how much I have loved them and cherished getting to know them. If I had 5 years left to live, as selfish as it is, I would want to start a family. I would pass by the time they entered elementary school. In a way, it would still be me leaving a legacy, just in a different method. If I lived forever, I would want to keep my entire life as eventful as possible. I would be even more selfish in my endeavors. I would see friends grow up and then pass one by one, leaving me alone to mourn and grieve, on a perpetual cycle. However, I think death makes life fun and with out it, I would recklessly do anything to make each day worth while. Without death, living has no point.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:31-34
One of my class mates said that the responses each person has when they are given their “expiration date” depends on their mind set. I agree. Depending on one’s beliefs for not just life, but beyond the grave, their reactions to a death certificate or that elusive “holy grail” of immortality can range from unfazed to absolute panic. Many people would love the opportunity to live forever and do as they please, but I do not feel the same. This world is getting worse by the day and if I had to live to see the conclusion of mankind due to their own ignorance, arrogance and lust for “godhood”, that would be miserable. As someone who believes in an afterlife (as told of by Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible) I see no reason to change my way of life moving forward even in the news of an impending death within a week’s time or in five years. I know where I am going and I know where this world is headed, so regardless of how long I have left in the material realm my mission remains the same. I’ve been on death’s doorstep before, but I was saved. The scars that cover my body from head to toe serve as a daily reminder that my time as a vapor down here could be up after my next breath, but my Savior reminds me that the kingdom that I seek is not of this world and I have no need to worry. Knowing when I will go to my true home does not change my mindset for the remainder of my earthly life, but being granted eternal life aside from Jesus’ Kingdom of Heaven would be hell. Each day should be lived as if it is our last because tomorrow is not guaranteed and no amount of crazy end times living or immortality will buy our souls any rest.
How would you live your life if you had a week to live? I would want to write letters to the people I encountered in my lifetime. I would want to thank those who have helped me, and the ones who haven’t; they still helped me in silence, & in invisible ways that were more powerful than I ever realized. How would you live your life if you had 5 years left to live? Hopefully have some money saved up and would want to live in Venice, Italy for a two years. Do all of the activities I was ever afraid of doing. Definitely not have any children, so they won't be left grieving. How would you live your life if you were going to live forever? I would probably be care free for certain things. Like crossing the road, and not looking both ways, or trying to save someone when they're in a dangerous situation. I would honestly try to help anyone in need of help if they are in danger. Never give up on my dreams and stay pursuing on it (after all I do have a lifetime to become famous). Should there be any difference between these time periods? I think a difference is definitely there within these time periods. Each one has a specific meaning as to what we will do with our time here left on earth or the time we wont have anymore. So many things came to my mind when doing this journal exercise, and overall whether I die in a few years, or live for eternity the motto in life should always be to live your life everyday like its your last. That saying truly is a strong and accurate statement to follow.