What if you knew when you will die?

Philippines
April 27, 2011 7:16am CST
Hello! In Paulo Coelho's book Veronika Decides to Die, he tackles what it really means to live. He says that it is only in the face of death that we start to live. It poses a question: What if we know we were going to die anytime soon? Do we have to wait for our "death sentences" to start really living? Or shouldn't we start now? Because everyday is uncertain and we could die tomorrow. Tell me your thoughts on this philosophy of life, and how you can live your life to the fullest. :)
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
29 Apr 11
After my first cancer diagnosis in 2003, I decided to start doing things that I didn't have time for. My doctor said I couldn't go to my paid jobs, but he didn't say that I had to stay at home. I took that time to start spending more time volunteering at the Red Cross. I couldn't do much field work, but I did get a lot of the paperwork in disaster services caught up. It was something I wanted to do for a long time, but didn't have time for because I was working two jobs. I don't do too much right now because I am in chemo again for a cancer recurrence. You don't realize until something like that happens to you that life is short and you don't know when it will end. Once I get done with chemo this summer, I will try to get out and do some things that I have not done before and I will see if I can get a job teaching English again. To me, it is important to help people but I am hesitant to do too much when my immune system is weakened from the chemo. Thanks for bringing this up!
• Philippines
30 Apr 11
hello daeckardt! I'll send my prayers for you! Cancer is a tough disease and it's good to know you are fighting it! It's also good to hear that you took your time to do what you have always wanted to do! I believe we shouldn't spend our lives doing something we don't like to do, don't you? I hope that your chemo will be a success and that your health improves! And that you will continue helping people as you want. God bless you! :)
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
30 Apr 11
I really should get back into doing something like that again. I spend most of my time right now on doing things on the computer and that isn't good for my physical health even if it is good for my mental health. I spent many years doing things I didn't like to do. That is the biggest reason I spent my "recovery" time doing volunteer work--it was the only time I could do that stuff without interfering with my work schedules.
• Philippines
1 May 11
Well maybe you can use the internet to find some funny things. haha. I saw a show where they encouraged laughing exercises to improve one's health. They say that 10 minutes of non-stop laughter is equivalent to ?? minutes in the treadmill. It also helped increased cell-count. Then when you regained your strength after the chemo, you could go back on your volunteer work. :)
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@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
28 Apr 11
"If I knew that I was going to die tomorrow, I'd do everything the same way as I did yesterday, because that's how important those little things that I do are to me." I got that from an anime, and I somehow feel that's exactly what I'd do. I guess I'd tell everyone I love how much I love them too and make something for them to always remember me by.
• Philippines
30 Apr 11
that is surely a simple way to do things, and i don't blame you! the little things are what's important. another important thing is to never regret what you did. so, do things happily and "fighting"! :D
@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
28 Apr 11
I've always agree on living life to the fullest. SOme people, especially parents are always telling us to think, save up for the future. To them, everybody's lifespan are the same, being able to live til at least 60s or 70s without any health problems or accidents. Whenever i tell them that, they would nag at me again because they failed to see my point. When i tell my friends the same thing, they do fail to see it. I'm wondering if i'm on the wrong side of life, or they are just sticking to the schedule of life?
• Philippines
30 Apr 11
hi sanitary! i understand where you're getting at! what's the point of saving up lots and lots of money for a future that you may not enjoy? my parents wait for the day they can finally see all of my siblings successful before they retire happily and tour on a cruise. i pray constantly that they will live to enjoy that! i can't imagine life without them. anyway, it is good to invest in the future, just as long as we don't forget to enjoy the present, IMO. good day! :)
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@SIMPLYD (78586)
• Philippines
28 Apr 11
I always treat each day as any day that i will die. We should always be ready for that day. That's why every night, before i sleep, i would always ask forgiveness from God for whatever known and unknown bad things that i may have committed. If i will know the date when i will die, i will see to it that i will always be with my loved ones and spend happy moments with them. I will try to be the kindest of them all.
• Philippines
30 Apr 11
hi! i think i will do that too! I can't imagine the last moments of my life without my loved ones near me. :D
@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
28 Apr 11
that will be very scary, isn't it??? that's why God doesn't let us know when He will call us back to our eternal home... i think it is better not to know when we will die... otherwise, we will leave each day in fear... take care and have a nice day...
• Philippines
30 Apr 11
yes it will be scary. but just think: anytime now someone could die. It could be us. I don't think we would live in fear everyday if we knew when we will die. But if we do, we should not let it consume us. Maybe we could plan ahead, day-to-day what we want to do so as not to waste every single breath. good day! :)
• Philippines
27 Apr 11
it's jsut somehow related to 'what if regret comes before consequences?'. life is designed this way by Him because we learn from what we are experiencing and if we die and we would know when that would be, the balance of nature gets distorted. everyone will be generous. nobody will boast and love will be all around the universe. the earth follows yin-yang- black and white; good and bad. if the balance gets disturbed then no way for us to grow and learn and develop our own intellect. living life to the fullest doesn't mean you have to always be happy and be good. human as we are, we commit mishaps in life and we also excel on the other. life is so mesterious that nobody can REALLY predict what's gonna happen next so let's just do whatever it is that isn't only good for oneself but for everyone. life is beautiful even if you don't know when is thy own appocalypse.='.'=
• Philippines
30 Apr 11
hello! the concept of yin and yang greatly interests me. I also believe that there is a balance in life.you have said a lot of things here very well. SO well done, friend! :)
@ravalarun (337)
• India
13 Oct 11
Without undestand of life and live long there are no meaning, but with understand of life and live little bits that is life. Every movement we live are part of life and we have to keep thing is " We really die one day, we satisfied with precious mintus which i had done somthing or i done well till my best?
@jonahh08 (261)
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
Living your life to the fullest is like thinking that your time is near. And yes it's ironic but others didn't value the real essence of living, not until they realize that there's so much that they've missed...and there's not enough time.
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
19 May 11
to die instantly and not knowing that it is already the end..... instead of dying with extreme pain.....
• Philippines
18 May 11
We don't have to know when we will die before we start to live, since all of us then can calculate the time that we will do good deeds so we can enter heaven. It will defeat the purpose of evil in this world; I mean evil exist so that we can truly know the good. It's impossible to think about a world where there is no evil, though God gave man the wisdom to know the difference. Living a life full of learnings from past experiences, being able to leave a legacy when you finally go to the next life, that for me is living my life to the fullest.
• Philippines
27 Apr 11
Oh so that's what Veronika decides to die is about! Hmm.. I absolutely love Paulo Coelho and his books. I guess if I knew I would die, I'd quit school and do the things I wanna do. I'll spend each waking moment with my loved ones. :)