Living your Life as if the Doctor just gave you 60 days to live.

The North America Nebula
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Today I attended a memorial and celebration of life for my father-in-law Malcolm. It was a beautiful event with many well spoken people that went up to say a few words. In his obituary in the paper was written that he lived his life by the motto, “If the doctor gives you 6 months to live, he doesn’t mean wait”.

I can tell you from couple of years that I’ve known him, he didn’t wait. In fact he was given 3 to 6 months to live and only lasted 2 1/2 months, but he did all his living before getting the diagnosis of cancer. He enjoyed kayaking, camping, skiing, hiking, volunteering, mentoring, and helping others. Malcolm also had the ability to focus on the things important to him and others around him, and not care about stuff that doesn’t matter.

I don’t know how I’d react given 3 to 6 months to live. I imagine that I would go through the full spectrum of emotions. But would I do anything different? That’s the question. I’d like to think I live my life to the fullest, but do I? Do any of us? Do most of us even get a time line to plan out our last days?

What kind of spark do we need to start living life like Malcolm did? What kind of spark do I need?

I have been going 2 weeks straight now exercising along with doing my postaday2011 challenge. This is a start for me to start taking better control of my own life. Getting more energy, getting outside more, and including my spouse and kids in the mix. As well, getting my thoughts, feelings, and ideas down on (digital) paper so to speak. Blogging and writing a journal also help me take control.

Do you live your life as if you only have 2 months to live? If you’ve made dramatic changes in your life, what were they? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment!