If you were given a specific amount of time to live, what would you do?


If you were given a specific amount of time to live, what would you do? I never really got into it too much on my blog, but last year my primary doctor referred me to an oncologist for treatment. Thankfully, a surgery later and I am fully healed. Of course, there’s always a chance that it could come back but I’m not going to let it. I’m taking precautions to prevent it, such as eating a very clean whole foods diet, trying not to stress too much, and exercising. I feel much healthier than I was last year at this time.

I’ll be honest though, when the doctor told me she thought it would be best that I saw an oncologist, I freaked out. I thought I was going to die, I thought that the world was ending, and I just didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. I wished I had had kids earlier in life, lived more and worried less, and spent more time telling those I loved that I loved them. Luckily I didn’t end up dying (or anywhere close) but the whole experience made me think more about what I want to do with my life and how I want to live it. I want to live with less “stuff” and simplify my life. I want to spend more time with those I love. I want to spend less time worrying about stuff because it all works out in the end.

Thinking about everything also ties into how I want to spend/save our money. I sometimes go into stockpiling mode with money and don’t let me spend hardly any money. It’s silly, really, because $5 here or there is really not going to break the bank. I know every little bit counts, but if it’s affecting my happiness, what’s the point? I let myself splurge (within reason) every once in awhile.

I’ve been freaked out about the economy for quite some time and I’ve decided that I’m not going to be that way any more. It is something I definitely can’t control, so why should I worry about it? (Please remind me of this next time I freak out!) I need to keep on living my frugal and sensible life and enjoy every minute of it because that’s all I can do. I’ve got a good emergency fund, we each have pretty stable jobs, and we’re continuing to save. I feel we have a pretty good grasp on things.

Worrying always has been one of my weaknesses. I think it’s one of the worst to have. Sometimes I think about what the worst thing that could happen and that would be if we both lost our jobs and house and had to move back in with our parents. I know it’s a horrible situation, but that’s the worst. I hope it doesn’t happen, but it’s a good way to keep me in check with the worrying!

I know that things will work out in the end.  Recessions end.  Economies recover.  I just have to remind myself of these things when I start to freak out about money.  I am a strong, resilient young woman.  I can survive anything!

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4 thoughts on “If you were given a specific amount of time to live, what would you do?

  1. Deirdre says:

    Congratulations on your recovery, and on your healthy lifestyle changes! As to your question, I think I’ve been pretty good about focusing on relationships, etc. – if I died tomorrow I wouldn’t think, “Oh, I wish I’d told so-and-so that I love them” or anything like that. I think if I knew I had only a specific time to live, I’d take whatever money I could come up with and do more travelling. I’ve travelled a fair amount in my time, but not nearly as much as I’d like to. And I’d blog about all my thoughts while I was travelling–try to leave some record of my ideas, etc.


  2. AJC @ 7Million7Years says:

    I know that in your specific case, the question was invoked by a trauma.

    But, for most people this is indeed the critical question: “If you were given a specific amount of time to live, what would you do?”


    Because it helps you determine WHAT you really want to do with your Life … the next question is “how much will it cost?”

    Here’s how to work that answer out: http://www/shareyournumber.com/


  3. Mrs Money says:

    Kacie- Thanks! I am so thankful I am healthy now. 🙂

    Deirdre-Thanks! I truly think eating a high raw all vegan diet helps. I think you bring up a great point about relationships. I don’t want to regret holding anything back either! I make sure I tell people I love them all the time.

    AJC- Interesting comment! Thanks for stopping by.


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