Ten left

Living like you were dying
Yesterday from a High School classmate’s Facebook feed.


In 2009, i began a 10-year journey to live as though June 8, 2019 (60th bday) is my last day.

i read about half of a long article yesterday. Here is my summary:

Rather than contemplating the stereotypical “What if you only had 6 months to live”, or the article’s reflection on a 9-month course with the same question, but with 3 extra months, i began over 7 years ago living as if i only had 10 years.

A complete and radical departure from “you have less than a year to live.”

Ten left.

What if you only had 10 years left?

A decade.

Everything i’ve done since 2009 has emanated from, “What if i only had until my 60th birthday to do everything in life i wanted to do?

The caveat being, none of us know if we’ll see tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, etc.

Now, with 2 years 8 months until the “dead” line, an enhanced sense of urgency is emerging.

There is potential ridicule and talk behind my back, to which i am working diligently to surrender to and designate a non-issue.

Meanwhile, my enjoyment of that which is in front of me this very moment (typing this for example) brings such great joy, and peace.


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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.