Write Your Obituary

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While watching TED Talks the other night, Roz "I row across oceans" Savage rocked my mind:

"To try and answer that question of what am I supposed to be doing with my life?, I sat down one day and wrote two versions of my own obituary, the one that I wanted, a life of adventure, and the one that I was actually heading for which was a nice, normal, pleasant life, but it wasn't where I wanted to be by the end of my life. I wanted to live a life that I could be proud of. And I remember looking at these two versions of my obituary and thinking, "Oh boy, I'm on totally the wrong track here. If I carry on living as I am now, I'm just not going to end up where I want to be in five years, or 10 years, or at the end of my life. I made a few changes, let loose a few trappings of my old life, and through a bit of a leap of logic, decided to row across the Atlantic Ocean."

Let that sink in for a moment.

Ok. So, what life are you living? What life do you want to live? When you die, what do you want your loved ones, or the world, to say about you?

Yeah, it has my heart and mind racing too. Which brings me to my next writing assignment.

My next writing assignment

  1. Write an obituary of my life as it is right now.
  2. Write a second obituary that reflects my life as I would like it to be.
  3. Compare the two, identify any differences, and start taking steps to make both versions the same.

I'll be posting my obits in the near future. In the meantime, what would your obituary say?

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