We all know and accept we will die, however, we don’t know when.
But if you knew when you would die, would you live your life the same? Or a bit differently? Or radically overhaul it?
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So Here is my answer;
- Get The Money Squared Away First
I have a healthy term life policy in the amount of $500,000, plus another $100,000 through work. This is a decent chunk of change to leave after my 10 years are up.
Term life is superior to the other life insurance products. I could write a whole post about that, but I have seen that done well before and choose not to belabor the point here.
2. Reorganize my day-to-day life
Pretty sure my wife would be on board, but I would have us quit our jobs. Being on the path to FIRE has us in pretty good shape already, (net worth update).
MY two boys are 12 and 8. I would dedicate the next/last 10 years to being with my family. We would take a gap decade.
I don’t see how I could ever look back on how I spent those last years and say I am glad I kept going to work.
3. Impart as much ‘Wisdom’ as possible
I can’t wait to watch my kids grow up into adults. We are a close family, mostly because my wife’s parents raised her that way and I prefer it to my childhood.
I would want to spend each day with my wife and kids. I realize I would have to give them some leash through their teenage years, but we would find plenty of time to be with each other.
They are going to have to get used to me spouting off about things I want/need them to learn.
So much so, that I think I would incorporate some tapes into the mix. I mean the whole cheesy ‘I made this tape for you because I knew I would not be there for your wedding’. There are several services out there that do this. I could probably even Twitter from beyond the grave!
4. Live it Up
I am one of those people that feels that TRAVEL is an essential part of a healthy mind. I have hit a few places on my wishlist. (Travel Log) But boy do I have some ideas if I knew I only had 10 years to live.
Things do not matter much to me, but experiences do. If I was going to go away when my boys are at the tender ages of 22 and 18, I would want to cram those years with memories.
5. Get Fat and Start Smoking Again
10 years left, give me my hedonism and go stuff your puritanical BS. I like smoking and eating whatever the hell I want. It would be freeing to know that I could live consequence free for years. The guilt and fear of causing my own premature demise holds me back from living out my true nature. No More!
7. No Regrets
I don’t think dying is a sad thing because ultimately, it can not be avoided. Missing out on time with your family is a sad thing because that is about the choices you have made. I would say the things I want to say and do the things I want to do. Leave it all on the table. They might only be 10 years, but they are gonna be a full 10 years!
7. Something Stupid?
I reserve the right to do something stupid at the very end. Valhalla is hard to get into after all.
So you’ve read what I would do, what about the others? How would it change or not change their lives?
- Savings Ninja
- Early Retirement Early Freedom
- Steel Kitten
- Young FI Guy
- Dr. FIRE
- Halt Catch Fire
- Inspiring Life Design
And thanks to SavingsNinja for organizing.