Would you want to know?

Rich and I just finished watching “The Bucket List” — have you seen it? It was good. So these two men both are dying of cancer and develope a friendship, then they make up a list of things to do before they “kick the bucket” and they set out doing them.

Anyway, one point made in the movie is that only about 4% of people would want to know the day they will die, while 96% would choose to not know. If you only had 6 months to live, would you want to know? If you were going to die in a week, would you want to know? If you were going to die two years from today, would you want to know?

I think I would want to know. I would want to make my own “bucket list” and really LIVE and cherish every moment, not get stressed out over things like smeared jelly on the carpet, or nag the kids to clean their closets. I would want to take the time to make personal letters and videos for my kids to have. I would want to take more trips, have them skip days of school to do more family outings, things like that. I would want to be able to tell everyone how much they mean to me. I would hate to just suddenly be taken away from everyone I love, leaving things unfinished or unsaid. I don’t know…I guess I’m in the small 4% of people who would like to know.

What would YOU want? To know or not to know?


  1. says

    Yes, I would want to know. I don’t fear death anymore, I think of it as when I get to see Kyle again so in some ways I actually look forward to it. I would like to know how much time I have left here to make sure I get to do everything I want to before I leave. It would be nice to know how much “future” to really plan for and be able to enjoy the present to the fullest. If I only had a year left to live, I would take a lot more vacations, spend every possible moment with my loved ones and make sure and leave them with letters and videos telling them how much I love them. When the time came to “go”, I’d be sad to leave the people here I love but also look forward to being with my son again and waiting for everyone else to join us.

  2. says

    I agree with Christine, I would also want to know – I’d spend my time with my family and try to make sure I left them with happy memories of things we did together. Have you read The Last Lecture??? Google it!

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