Saturday, August 13, 2011

What If... You Had Only One Month to Live?

Last month, we chatted about what we'd do if we had all the time in the world. Well, what if the opposite were true?

What if you were suddenly told – by a doctor, a soothsayer, or some other allegedly reliable source – that you only had one month left to live?

What would you do with such limited time? Write your memoirs? Travel the world? Stuff yourself with yummy treats? Look for love in all the wrong places? Simply hang out with your family and friends? What?

All authors and characters – even those who are technically immortal – are free to answer!


Aidan said...

Dude. Totally bummer topic.

I kind of live that way all the time anyway.

Laura Martone said...

True, Aidan, it IS a bummer of a topic, but I still thought it would pique people's interest. Bummer or not, I guess I thought that, given such dire conditions, authors and characters alike would be forced to think about what's most important to them - inspired as I was by a Canadian film called One Week.

Apparently, I was wrong.

But then again, they can't all be peppy topics... life, after all, isn't always peppy, even for demi-demons.

Olivia Harper said...

Well, Laura, since no one but Aidan felt like answering this particular question, I'll give it a go...

If I only had one month to live, I'd probably spend it as I always do... painting, swimming, and spending time with my family. As much fun as traveling sounds, I'd probably just take it easy and relish what I have in the time I had left.

Candy's author said...

I have a friend who was given that prognosis and she said it was wonderful because she had no fear so did all the things she had been afraid of doing before.

Obviously she didn't die, or get hurt doing all those things but now, twenty years later is a yoga and latin dance instructor.

I would stay home but feel free to spend money on my friends and have fun dividing what I have among needy people who deserved it. Of course if it worked out like it did for my friend that would not be a good idea as I would then end up among the homeless!

The more I think about it the harder it is to answer

Aidan said...

Especially for demidemons.

Laura Martone said...

Good point, Aidan. The life of a demi-demon is rarely peppy, I'd wager.

And, Jil, I like your gut answer - about taking care of others, but you're right... if the prognosis ends up being wrong (as it luckily was for your friend), you might soon find yourself in a dire financial situation. Hopefully, though, your friends and family would reward your generosity by helping you in return - and relish the fact that you're still alive!

Marenya said...

So you admit you're a demidemon, then, and not a pure demon?

You mean I was right?

Marenya said...

I think we have some pretty peppy times.

Olivia Harper said...

I'll bet, Marenya.