If I had one year to live…
I’ve been mulling this question over ever since Nadine Brandes presented the question with the upcoming release of her debut novel, A Time to Die. It’s not exactly an easy question to answer. But not new to me. I’ve always been about “seizing the day” and the whole “if it was the end of the world, would it really matter?” That said, it is so easy to forget that. So easy to become reactionary and get bogged down with all the details of life and forget to live. I’m seeing this as a reoccurring theme here. Hmmm… So this question was definitely due for me.
When Nadine decided to do a blog hop, I jumped at the chance to join her and the rest of the bloggers in answering it. And what is a blog hop without a giveaway? Details below!
If I had one year left to live…
My first thought skipped to all the dreams and desires I had wanted to accomplish. I’d travel, I’d do this or that, and cross things off my bucket list. But as quickly as those thoughts came, they left.
No. If I knew I had one year to live…
First, more than likely I would have to come to terms with it. Ha! Once I overcame my panic (oh my!! My time is counting down! Must make every moment count! Breath-in-breath-out!), grief (not being there for my children & hubby, letting go of dreams), my focus would be my loved ones.
I would hug my children tighter, do the things they want to do. Maybe we’d take them somewhere special, create memories for them. I’d want to show them the Northern Lights, go horseback riding, and canoeing. Go to Africa and spend time with my hubby’s side of the family and then to Minnesota where my family is. We’d take them on a cruise, because my son is fascinated with ships and my hubby is always talking about taking a cruise one day. We’d go to NASA, because my son is obsessed with space rockets and astronauts right now. That might change in a few years. Who knows. We’d go to Disney World, because my daughter is fascinated with the princesses, and maybe I’d slip over to the Wizarding World of Hogwarts. Ha! And we’d take a trip via train cross country, because my son loves trains. Maybe I’d record myself reading to them, if I ever stopped crying. Ha! I’d attempt to read them all my favorite stories. I’d want to get together with friends, hanging out, playing board games, and eating great food. I would want to slow down. Not get angry over the little things. I’d want to paint more, I think.
And like Nadine, I would stop pursuing a career in writing. THAT would be a hard pill to swallow. Instead, I would write letters to my children and probably journal. Because I don’t think I could just not write anymore. It would take a different form.
I might still blog though. We could have this game or something… Flat Jennette like Flat Stanley, and mail me all over the world to the places I would love to visit, but couldn’t. So kidding…maybe. 😛
Well, there you have it. Not very earth shattering. But hey, when you have a five and three year old, your priorities change. I’m sure if the kiddos were older, graduated from college or something, I’d probably be looking at my bucket list and planning a wondrous trek around the world, enlist in a swordsmanship class, try my hand at a violin, and just maybe build a miniature castle to hand down as a heirloom or something. Ha! But then, they’d probably have grand kids, and yeah right, if I’m gonna up and leave them.
So what say you? What would you do if you had one year left to live?
Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.
But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her clock is running out.
This is book one in the “Out of Time” trilogy (subsequent volumes coming in 2015 and 2016).
The ebook is now available for pre-order at Amazon.
Nadine Brandes writes stories about authentic faith, bold living, and worlds soaked in imagination. She lives in Idaho with her husband and works as a freelance editor. When she’s not writing, editing, or taste-testing a new chai, she is out pursuing adventures. A Time to Die is her first novel.
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