What Would Your Obituary Say?

Hearing of the accident leading to the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter recently made me appreciate this picture even more. She was SO proud of the cookie she made with grandpa! Over 1600 people die every day from cancer. As odd as this sounds, at least the majority of them know ahead of time. It’s not like a helicopter crash. Sudden.

When I heard I had cancer, and the doctor walked out of the room, the very first words out of my mouth were, “I don’t want to die.” That’s all I could think about. Here’s the crazy part, and most don’t know this, I planned my entire funeral. Really. The whole thing. I even wrote my own obituary. What’s more, I think that made me feel better about it.

You have to really think about your life. What kind of stuff do you want people to say? What do you want to be remembered for? What would your obituary say? I challenge all of you to write it. Really. Don’t share it with anyone, don’t ask for help, just sit down and write it. (Or type it into the notes on your phone if you’re like me.) The majority of us don’t get to know how much time we’ve got left. It could be tomorrow or 100 years from now.

What does your obituary say? If your time is up tomorrow, are you happy with it? If not, find out why and work on it. Now. Don’t wait for tomorrow. You might not have a tomorrow.

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