I don’t like to post so close together — this was just too bizarre for me not to write about.
I was listening to satellite radio and heard the controversy around the future over-the-counter blood test that claims it will be able to predict your life expectancy. A few hours later, while straightening up my office, I opened a random notebook I hadn’t written in in about three years. The page I landed on had as its header, “If I knew I had a fatal disease, would I live my life differently?” Hmm….
First, about this test. I won’t get too geeky on the anatomy/physiology side, although I know I have a propensity to do that. Basically, there are these things called telomeres that are on the tips of our chromosomes. Scientists believe that the shorter they are, the closer we are to dying. There are currently tests that predict lifespan based on lifestyle and medical conditions/history, but this is the first one that uses blood to estimate life expectancy.
For the record, I’ll say that this is not a test I will be signing up for. However, in this forum, I’m not going to voice my opinions any further than that. The purpose of this article is to point out how Life presents information, or messages might be a better word, for us.
In case you can’t read my handwriting.
It is dated 9/21/08. It reads:
If I knew I had a fatal disease, would I live my life differently?
- tons more patience w/ everyone…w/ LIFE, no need for anger
- face fears head on, not push fears in the back of my head, not make them bigger and allow my mind to invent fiction that spins out of control
- be Real w/ others, all the time
- look for love in all situations, not fear
The first thing that struck me was the synchronicity of the news piece and the content of the specific page of the notebook I had flipped to. Next, of course, was the language I used. Now, three years later, and I’m writing to you all, using the same words: LIFE in all caps (interesting), Real with a capital R, writing about fear and love. [For new readers, check out “Fear vs. Love” – it was one of the first articles I wrote for this blog.]
Blood test aside, but the question still valid, if you had a fatal disease, would you live your life differently? And a bigger question for myself:
Why would it take knowing I had a fatal disease in order for me to live by those few bullet points above?
There’s nothing terribly WOW about any of my bullet points. I didn’t say, I’ll travel around the world, blowing all the money known to man. What I listed were simple, basic things. How close am I today to living that list? How close are you today to living your list?
Go make it and get back to me. Sharing your list feels freeing (as I’m about to hit the ‘Publish’ button, I can already feel it). After you share your list with me, let me know if it’s only for my eyes, or if you’d like me to share it.
Off you go! Make your list!