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09 May 2014

Friday Question. If you learned you would die in a few days, what regrets would you have? Were you given five extra years of life, could you avoid having those same regrets on your expiration date?

Source: The Book of Questions
This question probably deserves more thought than I'm giving it, but -- I think my biggest regrets would have to do with (policy oriented) work projects I couldn't finish. And yes, in five years I could address those.
posted by bearwife 09 May | 16:11
I would regret leaving behind my family, particularly a son too young to remember me. I don't think another 5 years would soften that one, although at least he might remember me.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 09 May | 16:23
The same regrets that I have now - all the things that I didn't do. I'd like to think that, by being motivated by the absolute knowledge that my time is limited, I'd spend that time doing those things, but I suspect it would just be another five years to regret all the things I still didn't do.
posted by dg 09 May | 17:57
I am having a hard time coming up with what I would regret. I am not by nature a regretful person, and I can't imagine that I would start upon notice of my impending death. If I was given five more years, I would probably continue doing what I am doing right now. I suppose that means I am pretty satisfied with my life as it currently stands, there isn't much I would change. If I could go back in time, I would spend more time hugging the people I have lost over the past few years. Five more years isn't going to bring back my dead.
posted by msali 09 May | 21:55
Not managing to make it back to living closer to my family and spending more time with them. Trying to advance my career, get my MA, blah blah, has kept me at a long distance away. In the end I wonder how valuable that'll seem; if I got a 5 year reprieve, I don't think the plan would be different (first finish degree, then move) but it would be even more imperative.
posted by Miko 09 May | 22:52
Visiting family more; complete with pros and cons and Ha! Leaving soon; have a plate of snark as a pre-wake diatribe of comments; and given 5 more years... Oh pffff. No. Regrets.
posted by buzzman 09 May | 23:29
Die in a few days? oh shit every time I shoved my kid in front of the television because i was too tired or overwhelmed to deal with her.

Yes, I am a terrible person.

In 5 years? Sure I could avoid that. It's laziness, or poor moral character or something...
posted by gaspode 10 May | 00:12
Not writing my books. Not traveling more. Never having children. Not taking better care of myself. Not being kinder.

Not that I'm discontent. I'm very appreciative of all that I have -- my husband, my job, my mom, Jon's family, our health, the ability and means to take care of ourselves, with enough left over for a few perks.

Five years could go a long way. We're going to Alaska this summer, and thinking of Hawaii for next, then maybe Europe the year after. Maybe I'll actually start walking on my new treadmill (after I dust it). The books, well, that's up to me, too (a little more discipline, a little less exhaustion). As for children, at almost 48, I think that proverbial ship has sailed. Maybe someday we'll get a dog. And kindness is free.
posted by Pips 10 May | 14:24
After being hit by a car in 1990 I made my peace with myself. Since many more than 5 years have gone since then, by I can honestly say that when the time comes I will have no regrets at all.
posted by Splunge 11 May | 08:03
Joining that band.

I could probably make it up in five years.
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