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Journal Writing Project What would you do?

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kiah Halvorson

Almost everyone knows Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying.” In the song, the man is diagnosed with cancer. And he’s thinking about the fact that he only has a month to live. While thinking about his life, he makes a list of what he wants to do with his short time left on earth. So, what would you do with only a month to live?

If I were diagnosed with some sort of horrible disease and my doctor told me I only had one month to live, I would make the most out of those thirty days. A month is not long at all. I would have to fit a lot in to a short amount of time. The first thing I would do would be to say my goodbyes to all of my family and friends. That would be the hardest part; telling them you love them and you don’t want to go. By letting them know that it’s okay and telling them that they should go on with their lives the mood may be lightened.

The next thing I would do is to accomplish everything fun and exciting that I’ve always wanted to do. I would begin by traveling. I’ve always wanted to go overseas: Norway, England, France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, and maybe Africa or Australia. I’d love to take in all of the culture, but with such little time, I’d only get to spend maybe two days in each country.

I also think it would be amazing to skydive! If I had only a month to live I would totally do all of the high adrenaline sports: skydiving, racing, things of that nature!

The last thing that I would do after all of the fun, would be to get on a motorcycle and drive. Just drive, with no place in mind, no specific time to be there, no instructions to follow. Being on a bike really helps you think about everything. Your head is completely empty and you have time and space to think. Think about your life. Think about your family. Think about what you’ve done and what you didn’t get finished. Time to analyze your good and bad decisions. Being on the back of a bike really lets you think about what you’d do if you only had one month to live. So what would you do if you only had a month to live?

Kiah Halvorson is a student at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its thirteenth year.

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