If you only had one day left to live, how would you spend that day?If you only had one day left to live, how would you spend that day?

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tinicraw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I probably wouldn't do anything different. If it were a Monday, I'd go to work and act like nothing was going to change. I hate good-byes. I hate finality. I wouldn't want to make things worse by scaring anyone, or acting like anything were any different.  You live the way you die, I think. I don't believe in death-bed repentance or death-bed forgiveness.  Things are the way they are because I either created it or procrastinated it and I should own it no matter if this is my first day or my last. I don't want people to remember my last moment because I want my whole life to speak for itself and a person can't do that in one day, unless of course we only had one day to live. . . .

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is something that you should post in discussions because presumably you want a lot of different answers.

For me, there is no question but that I would spend the day with my wife and kids.  It would be pretty sad, of course, but there is nothing else that I would rather do.  If I were going to die in 24 hours, I would want those last 24 hours to be spent with the people that I care the most about.  As far as what I would do with them, I think (they're 9 and 6) that we would play games, maybe go for a hike, things like that.  It would allow us to spend time together having fun in ways that hopefully they would later remember.

William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your question would make a wonderful short story. A man knows he has only one day left to live. What can he do with those twenty-four hours? He might draw a lot of money out of the bank and treat himself to the best meals of his life. He would certainly want to make a few phone calls--but he couldn't tell the friends or relatives he was calling that he was going to die because that would spoil the conversations, wouldn't it? He might listen to some of his favorite music or read passages from some of his favorite books. He might want to give some of his favorite possessions away. 

litlady33 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a tough one. I'd like to think that if I did have one day left, it would be when I'm very old and sleeping peacefully in my bed. However, that may not be the case. If I knew I only had one day left and I was well, I would probably try to just make it as normal as possible. I'd want to be surrounded by my closest friends and family and soak up every minute of that day. It would be incredibly overwhelming, so I hope it never comes to that.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One day left? What a horrible and wonderful thought at the same time. In reality, we never know if we have one day left. Therefore, knowing would definitely be a plus.

I would certainly want to spend my last day with my family. Instead of crying and worrying, I would want to spend it celebrating and "going out with a bang." Unfortunately, I am complete worrywart, and I know that this would (most likely) be impossible.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I too would spend it with my family and I would want to be in a beautiful place I had never been before -- someplace that is breathtaking and yet peaceful. I would want it to be memorable for my family,anda place that would have positive associations for their future memories of their last day with me. I would want to stay "in the moments" and not anticipate the end of the time.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would spend the day with my family.  Family is the most important thing to me.  I would spend my last day on Earth just talking to them and enjoying their company.  It would be better if they didn't know it was my last day, so we could have some pleasant time together.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would want to have fun with my family and friends, and try to go out laughing. I think I would want to be in Disneyland: somewhere filled with youthful exhuberance. I would also like to thank those who have made my life possible and enjoyable.

enotechris eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Truly horrible and wonderful dilemma.  As Steve Jobs said on interview a few years ago, "If you wake up and think today you're going to die, someday you'll be right."

Live a full day, every day, so the last day is no big deal.

ik9744 | Student

If I have only one day to live, I would go around and tell my true feelings to everyone before I die. I would write a death message saying how my life was giving thanks to a lot of people. I would not go to any activities or go to school. I would stay home and probably start praying to god for this wonderful life I have, and how much I will miss a lot of people. I would probably spend the last hours of my life in bed, not sleeping just thinking over my entire life and the successful things I've done. I would think of the things that didn't go so well in my life and how I could've changed it yet, it's too late. I probably spend my remainder of my money to  give to a church, charity, and family. I would also have a long talk with a lot of my family relatives telling how they impacted my life. I would like to spend it joyfully.

jess1999 | Student

If I have only one day to live , I would definitely spend the last 24 hours of my life with my family . My family members are the most important people in my life , so i would definitely want to spend my last day with them . I want to just relax and have fun with them for the whole entire day , which is hard these days because there is so much school and extra curricular activities . 

bhawanipur | Student

If I am told that I have only left with one day, I shall be puzzled. Probabaly I shall be waiting for the moment to come as early as possible in stead of torturing me mentally. Every moment will haunt me and sometimes I may die early as I am a patient of heart. I know all my relatives will come and console me that such day comes to everyone. So don't worry, we will look after your family well and so on. But can you imagine howmuch I have to suffer? May God not bring such a moment for any one to know that he has only one day of his life!