Perhaps a bit heavy for the day after a holiday, but I’ve been thinking about these questions a lot recently.
What would you do if:
- You woke up tomorrow and were independently wealthy – you don’t have to worry about money for the rest of your life. What would you do with your days? How would they be different?
- You found out you had only 6 months to live?
I am so grateful that my answers to both of these things are pretty much the same: I would do what I’m doing now more or less.
I would, of course, want to spend more time with family and friends, and with more money, I would give more away, but as far as my daily life and routine is concerned, I wouldn’t change much; aside from being so far away from extended family, it is fulfilling.
I was listening to a Rich Roll podcast the other day and the second question came up: what would you do if you had only four-six months to live? The answer is meant to give you clarity on what is truly important in your life and then the drive to work towards making that happen for you now, instead of waiting.
I played along and was a little surprised by my answer. Not really, because as I mentioned before, my life goal is to save all the dogs. But almost instantly, I knew, that if I had a limited time to live, I wouldn’t want to HAVE anything; I would get rid of it as fast as I could so I could use proceeds to help animals. And then I would spend my time with family/friends and trying to save as many dogs as possible.
I also realized quickly that I have no regrets – I would not look back and say I wish I’d done this or that or whatever. Okay, maybe I would have handled money better, and not wasted so much of it on “stupid tax,” but in general, I’m comfortable with the decisions I’ve made in my life which have gotten me where I am now.
Of course, not one of us knows what we would actually do if we knew we had only a certain amount of time to live. We think we would do x, y, or z, but there are so many variables to consider. And I don’t mean to make light of such a thing, I just thought it was an interesting exercise; it did, indeed, clarify for me what is most important to me, and what I would like to do more of while I’m still here.
And the first question I heard on James Altucher’s podcast with Noah Kagan (episode 248). As soon as he said it, I knew my answer just as quickly: I wouldn’t really change anything. Yes, with more money I would travel more and do more with my family, and I would volunteer more, and send more money to charities, but otherwise, I am doing RIGHT NOW, everyday, the things that make me happy and fill my days with meaning. How amazing is that?
I am so grateful.
I’m not sure I realized HOW grateful I am to have the life I do until I analyzed these two questions. And that is what surprised me the most, my certainty. I know that I am doing what I love and what I want to be doing right now, no second-guessing. No looking back. No regrets. I am free and at peace.
I’d love to hear your answers if you’re willing to share. Anyway, maybe just thinking about these questions will surprise you a little? Or provide some much-needed clarity?