Sunday, May 14, 2006

100 Things to Do Before You Die

I read in one of the fluff columns in the Sunday paper of an Australian woman who is trying to learn to become a Buddhist; part of her training is to live for a year imagining that it is her last. She said that it had quite an affect on her, living this way, and that she was spending a lot more time clearing her wardrobe of things she no longer wore, defragging her computer and generally ‘putting her affairs in order’ as they say in fusty old English dramas. What?? I screeched (in my mind, of course, I'm not a lunatic). As if. As if you would spend the last year of your life on personal admin. I personally would not be wasting my last precious 365 days doing that stuff. As is my wont, I re-pondered this later as I was bottling homemade tomato sauce and inscribing the ingredient list on the label. I thought: that’s because my affairs are already in order. I must be the only person in the whole Sunday-paper-reading public who is sickeningly organised enough not to relate to that story.

6 comments:

Eileen said...

I am woefully unorganized. However, I still would not spend my final days cleaning up. Wild sex, chocolate consumptions, travel and sitting outside on a nice day with a good book. Let those I leave behind worry about the computer.

Naomi said...

So true, so true! there are so many things that leap to mind and - not to surprise anyone who knows me - travel would be near the top of my list. I would hate to go before seeing the Himalayas, the Ganges, New York, the Amazon... It seems obvious that I would have to give up organising my files in order to have time to do all that travelling. Hmm. A year without filing. I wonder if I could handle it?

Anonymous said...

hey kitten, when are you and hayden going visit melbourne for a holiday? - drue

tunabake said...

hhhmm if i knew i was going to die i would quit my job, get a credit card that ed wouldn't inherit the debt and travel to many a seaside resort in europe for good food, fresh air and ...... well i would do that in the first few months then return to melbourne to enjoy all of that in my home country.

jackt said...

Isn't there some song about this, called Live Like You Were Dying or something? O yeah, it was all about defragging the hard drive and sorting all the insurance documents in the fire-proof safe. Or sky diving. I forget which.

tunabake said...

come on naomi....no posts since saturday! i'm missing you.
have a good weekend.
claire
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