If You Only Had One Day

Today’s (totally optional) prompt: What would you do with only 24 hours left to live?

A prompt like this works best when you strip away all pretense and write without any concern or worry about what people think, but I am not sure if I have that in me today.

It is not because I am afraid or particularly concerned about what people will think but rather that I am preoccupied with a long list of things to do.

I wonder about what I would do in this situation. I know what I want to say. I want to give the “noble’ answer about spending time with friends and family, about telling people that I love them and trying to make things better for the people I am going to leave behind.

But would I do that? Would I really go that route or would I be entirely selfish?

Would I go for things that I always wanted to do and try to squeeze all the fun I could out of the day?

I don’t know.

Part of me says I might just take it like any other day. Part of me says I would live the day like any other day and that I would just finish things out the way I always do.

But there is that wild spirit inside of me, the guy with the fire in his belly that loves life and does all that he can to suck the marrow out of each day–I don’t think he would be so restrained.

Part of it is because I have said goodbye to too many friends already. I have stood graveside and wished I had one more chance to ride with the top down along PCH.

Part of me says I’d want one more time in that room, a chance to have one last minute together…

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post (in the sidebar). .
  • Link up your post below.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.
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