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Hypothetical question…

If you were given the choice to know when (day or date) you were going to die would you want to know?

It may seem like a morbid question but I am curious. By knowing the day/date of your death would it change the way you live? Would you take more chances? Travel more? Act differently? 

I honestly don’t know if I would want to know. I think having that knowledge would scare me more than anything. But on the flip side I think it would push me to accomplish the things on my bucket list (the things I want to do before I “kick the bucket”)

  1. See the Great Wall of China
  2. See Niagara Falls
  3. See the Grand Canyon 
  4. Visit/tour the Napa Valley (and sample the wine!)
  5. Eat at Alinea (in Chicago)
  6. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  7. Ride in a hot air balloon
  8. Publish a piece of writing (I guess having a blog could technically count for this one…) 
  9. See the Northern Lights 
  10. Learn a new hobby or skill
  11. Take a spontaneous road trip

I’m sure everyone else has things like this on their bucket list… but in addition to the tangible things I want to accomplish there are a few abstract things I want to accomplish as well…

  1. Make a difference in the world 
  2. Be the change/or good in the world
  3. Encourage and teach strong girls to become strong women
  4. Believe and see the good in people 
  5. Have an attitude of gratitude


Recently a teacher at my school died.  And if that isn’t bad enough it was during child birth.  How does one process that?  In this day and age how does a young, healthy woman die while giving birth?  She (Meg) was a first year Kindergarten teacher at my school.  I didn’t know her well,  but even then it’s hard to accept and process when a collegue dies.  She was only 24 years old.

24. years. old.  Barely alive long enough to truly live.  She was newly married and was so excited to be expecting her first child.

I guess if there is any silver lining to the whole experience is that her son did survive. So now her husband and son, Oliver must now find a way to live without Meg.  For the past week there has been a cloud over the school, an unspoken shared sadness the staff had together as we all tried to move on while remembering Meg and celebrating her life.  It’s times like these that make us appreciate life and live each day to the fullest.

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