Here’s an interesting question to ponder. What would you do if you only had one month to live? How would you spend your days? What places would you see? Who would you spend your time with? Can you name all of the things you would do in those last 30 days.
I know it’s a bit of a morbid thought, but it can also be inspiring. The reality is, none of us know when our last day will be. If we keep putting off all of the things we want to be, do and have in this lifetime, it might never happen.
In my last post, I wrote about my epic vision for my life. I know that I can already say that I’m spending most of my time with the people I love the most. I’ve been working from home for almost 4 years now, and that’s because I wanted to spend more time with my wife and children. I certainly feel that was one of the best decisions I ever made. At times it feels like a mistake considering I left a steady paycheck behind and the life of an entrepreneur can be quite challenging financially. I just can’t put a price tag on knowing that neither of my kids will remember a time when I wasn’t home with them.
I didn’t want to wake up one day to realize they’d grown up and moved away and all I ever saw was an hour or two a day of their lives. Now back to the original question. Because I love to travel and explore, I’m sure one of the first things I’d do is plan a trip. I would sell off any of our investment properties, take that money and start travelling. I’ve always wanted to visit Egypt and see the Great Pyramids. I’d also love to see Venice, Machu Pichu, The Great Wall of China, and so many other places I’d fill the page if I listed them all.
I’d love to spend a few days on a ski hill with my kids, teaching them how to glide down the mountain just like I remember my dad doing for me. I’ve always wanted to skydive, so I’m sure I’d fit in a jump as well. Once when I was 16, I missed out on a helicopter ride from the man my dad was building a house for. He sent me to a different job that day, so I’d be sure to arrange a helicopter ride as well.
The home we live in now is one my wife and I built, so I’m sure I’d want to spend my final days at home surrounded by my family. There’s much to be said for having your own home, and when it’s one you’ve built yourself there’s a powerful attachment. A few years ago, an advisor of ours suggested we sell our house and rent instead. Then we could take the money we’d gain and invest it to provide cashflow. While the idea of unlocking all of that equity was appealing, selling the home we were so attached to just wasn’t an option we wanted to consider.
How would you spend your final days? Knowing that, what can you do now to start living now?