I attended a wake last night for a close friend’s mom. The room was filled with people who loved her. She was thrown a curveball at the end. Curveballs come out of nowhere. They force us into a moment of clarity, but what if we had that clarity beforehand? What if we really knew what we wanted all along?
How would you change things about your life based on the answer to these three questions?
Imagine that you are financially secure, that you have enough money to take care of your needs now and in the future. How would you live your life? Would you change anything? Don’t hold back on your dreams. Describe your ideal life. Consider in detail how you would spend the years, months, weeks, and days.
You are still completely financially secure, but you visit your doctor who tells you that you have 5-10 years left to live. You will not be in pain or limited in any way by this disease, but it has limited your time on earth. What will you do with your remaining time? Would you change your life and how?
Now your doctor tells you that you have one day left to live. Notice the feelings that arise as you confront your mortality. What dreams were left unfulfilled? What did you miss?
This exercise comes from George Kinder via my colleague Blair duQuesnay, who talks about how she incorporates it into her financial planning process. Gotta read this and think it through – before the curveball comes.