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QOTD – Live Like You’re Dying?


There are a lot of motivational quotes, song lyrics, and poetry that urge us to live each day likes it’s your last.

This sounds like a very dangerous philosophy to me.

Seriously, ask most people what they would do if they had one day left to live.  It’s not good.  Robbery, drugs, sex, rock and roll.

(okay, rock and roll isn’t bad… unless you’re talking about Nickelback).


are you one of the uplifting people who sees the motivational, beautiful aspect of appreciating each moment as if it’s your last?


QOTD – Multiple Choice

-What would you do if you had one day left to live?

-What do you want to accomplish before you die?

-If you could do anything, anything at all, would it be selfless or selfish?



About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

11 comments on “QOTD – Live Like You’re Dying?

  1. Tonianne m
    October 16, 2013

    If I had one day left to live I would tell everyone what I’ve always wanted to say. I would try to meet jennifer Lawrence and I’d punch half the people at school.

    Before I die I want to meet Jennifer Lawrence, I want to march a drum corp called The Cadets. I also want to play French horn for a broadway musical. I’m okay with not doing that fantastic of things as long as I’m involved in music my whole life, or I’m beat friends with Jennifer Lawrence. Either one works really.

    If I could do anything? Well it wouldn’t hurt anyone or cause people to get hurt. However it would be very selfish.

    • J. Gabriel Allan
      October 16, 2013

      (something tells me that last part would involve Jennifer Lawrence)

  2. kiwiskan
    October 16, 2013

    Tell my family I love them – and get that poetry book to the publisher!

  3. Madison Kauffman
    October 16, 2013

    If I had one day left to live I would spend my day in Santorini Greece. I dream to go there and that is one thing I want to do before I die.
    Something I want to accomplish before I die is to mean something to someone. I want to know that I impacted someone and that it had meaning.
    Selfless or selfish? Probably selfless, I tend to put others needs before mine, sometimes that’s bad but in this case I want to help people and make a difference in life.

  4. danti (@dantiinos)
    October 16, 2013

    If I had to accomplish anything before I died, I would try and give my grandparents the house that they always wanted.
    something thing I would do I die would be something that will make people know who I am and not forget me.

  5. Kristen
    October 16, 2013

    If I had one day to live I would spend all the money I have and go to London. I’ve always wanted to go there. Or I would just randomly start singing in a crowd because I always want to do that but not confident enough.

  6. Robert Long
    October 16, 2013

    If I had one day to live, I would ask out the girl I’ve had my eye on, and try to make as many people laugh as possible.

    Before I die, I want to graduate high school with honors, and get a degree in Informational technologies. Maybe get married.

    I would do something selfless. I want to go out with people knowing I did massive good for the world. That or contribute to science in some way.

  7. Emily Skeen
    October 17, 2013

    Sorry it took me so long to respond i havnt had internet since Wednesday. If i had one day left to live than I dont know if the things i would do would be good or bad but i know that i wouldn’t be afraid to do anything.

    • Emily Skeen
      October 17, 2013

      oops, for some reason it stayed signed onto my sisters account when i typed this, this is Jaxon Skeen.

      • J. Gabriel Allan
        October 18, 2013

        Simple, but a good point. Which leads to a follow up- what are you afraid of now? Why?

  8. Cassidee M
    October 21, 2013

    Before I die, I have so much that I want to do. I want to be one of those weirdos with like a license in everything. What I mean by this is that I want to be a musician cosmetologist who pierces people and bartends on the side. I want to experience as many lifestyles as I possibly can. I want to play shows across the world, I want to live in Germany, Britian, and/or Canada (Canada because I really like moose and free health care) and I don’t want to be tied down to one job, unless of course that job is being a musician, I can think of no better life considering that the feeling of playing a show and feeling the energy of the crowd is the best thing I’ve ever felt. I just want to make something out of myself and be well liked for myself. If I accomplish that, I will be happy.

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