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Today, I interviewed a woman who is terminally ill. "So," I tried to delicately ask, "What is it like to wake up every morning and know that you are dying?" "Well," she responded, "What is it like to wake up every morning and pretend that you are not?" MMT

#178 (22) - Aug 11, 2009 by Suzie - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (21688) - No, that made me sleepy. (798)


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It is kind of a rude question. Good answer on her part, though.

When you really think about it, it is like that. People wake up totally unaware that they are dying. But maybe it's better that way, because we enjoy life better!

Not necessarily... In many cases, people find that knowledge of their own mortality gives them the freedom to break free of life's irrelevant worries and cares and focus on what truly matters.

we should live every day like our last. in five years from now, will u remember what u did 5 years ago?think Would u rathre die tomorow and not have lived like youre last day!

we should live every day like our last. in five years from now, will u remember what u did 5 years ago?think Would u rathre die tomorow and not have lived like youre last day!

Touche

Right on. when you're born, the doctor hands you a birth certificate with one hand, and a post-dated death certificate with the other.

Since it seems you never thought about this before, I am very glad that this woman opened your eyes.

One of my favorite submissions on MMT. It does make you think, we all are dying, we just don't seem to think about it that way.

Aha, burn

That's not a rude question at all--if you're interviewing somebody that knows they're dying, it's a perfectly logical question. And it's not like the dying person doesn't know it.

Good point.

I love it.

For all of you that think this is a rude question, please read Tuesdays with Morrie. The question is not rude & worth asking. Death is funny that way. It changes you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuesdays_with_Morrie http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=OiRka3agr6EC&dq=Tuesdays+with+Morrie&source=bl&ots=5B7LvOdNpA&sig=Q1rjuwYEMW-IOOEoNhGhN0nV2j8&hl=en&ei=NbIrTMrFHILwngfk6qHgCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAQ It tells the true story of sociologist Morrie Schwartz and his relationship with his students. Both the film and the book chronicle the lessons about life that Mitch learns from his professor, who is dying.

Incredible. So many of these posts on MMT are such BS, but this one is incredible. Makes me think and makes me want to live life to the fullest. Definitely passed this on to everyone I could.

I don't think it's incredible... Who doesn't know that they're dying? And there's nothing wrong with pretending that you're not dying; if some people live happier that way, why judge?

Pretend you're not dying because you won't know when you die!

This quote really did make me think... it's true that we're all going to die one day, and yet it would be unbearable to think about dying every second of the day. The reason we can live our lives to the fullest is by not dwelling on the inevitable future. The pain of death is always in the back of our minds, and yet there is no way to pinpoint when and where it'll happen. That's why we must try to make the most of our time here, and try to do everything humanly possible to help others, make the fewest mistakes, live with the least amount of regret, and make a difference. What you spend your time doing while you have time is what defines you.

The only problem is that living like today is your last might mean illegal things to some

good answer

@lcl That book is AWESOME! I read it in high school for this Mystery of Suffering and Death course I took. I definitely second that book recommendation for anyone, but especially for people who fear death or don't really know what kind of life they want to live. Also this post is a perfect reminder of just how valuable every person's life is and how important it is to leave a benevolent mark on the world with the time we're given :)

I love her response. It gives me a whole new thought on life.

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