If I were to die this year, what would I like for me to have been doing? Or to put it in more of a do it, present tense way: What should I strive to do this year?
Background: On 13 June 2022 I learned that my stress echocardiogram and my history reveal that I have stable angina. I’d not seriously thought before about sudden death—about suddenly not being here—but that heart study shocked me into thinking: If I were to die this this year, what would I want to have been doing? So, using that question, I wrote a to-do list for this year, and I found that it’s the same as the important parts of my already existing to-do list—except that some parts I should do better.
To-Do List for 2022—my last year on Earth:
– Pray and talk with God. Attend church.
– Be nice to people, especially my wife . . . and love her.
– Explore God’s nature. Get outside (I’m there now, as I write this list).
– Act to make the world better for other species and for people. Advocate for God’s nature.
– Regularly speak with, and be with, family and close friends.
– Write and speak and don’t be afraid to put it out there. Use writing and speaking as tools to do good, to explore self, and to explore ideas.
– Read of great men and women, of humankind’s great ideas and inspirations, and of good people and their works. Read good writing and literature.
– Exercise regularly and get outside.
Regarding speaking and writing: If I were to die in the next year, what would I like for me to have published?
– God’s Nature Calendar
– Anything I can write or speak about to aid habitat, species, and peoples’ relation to them. In other words, anything to aid God’s nature.
– Go Where the Good Is articles, which are articles about people having done good things.
– Articles about EFFPGPGM, GNAFSWO, Next Year/Next Three Months/Projects, which are the maps (conceived over decades) of what’s important to me and what guides me in the day-to-day. EFFPGPGM, GNAFSWO, and Next Year/Next Three Months/Projects (to be published later) are largely why what I’m doing corresponds to what I think I should be doing.
– Summon the courage to publish an article about the trauma that guns are wreaking on people.
– Some articles about health care costs.
– Final letters to wife, children, and siblings–whether the letters prove applicable this year or instead many years from now.