I just gave a few Facebook friends a fright. I posted this:
If you found out this afternoon that you have just a year to live:
1. Would you be happy with the life you're living?
2. If your answer is no, what would you do differently in your remaining 365 days?
Apparently, some people thought I might be dying (you know, given Myrtle and all).
Oops. And heh.
I felt bad that I scared them. So I followed up with my reason for the questions...
I read a blog post yesterday about an interesting project taken on by Single Dad Laughing. He came to the realization that he wasn't enjoying his life as much as he should be, so he decided to live this year as if it was his last. It's his '365 Days to Live' Project.
He started right away, too. Obviously he still has to work and pay rent and get his kid to school on time, so he might not be able to do everything he'd do if he knew his/the world was ending, but he's working on some pretty fun stuff, like trips, and moving to a better space. Before he started, he evaluated his life in several areas. I wasn't really clear about his method, but I liked the idea, so I wrote down all of his areas and added a few of my own...
Then I rated my life on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being Colossally Bad and 10 being Exceptionally Good.
I was a little scared, truth be told.
Rightly so, it turns out.
It wasn't pretty.
My areas can be separated out into Mental Health, Physical Health, and Emotional Health (though a few naturally bleed into more than one category). Today wasn't a very good day so I tried hard to think of things in the larger view. I tried to be really honest with myself. I tried not to be overly-dramatic or whiny (though it was an overly-dramatic, whiny sort of day). I tried. I did.
Still, when I finished, I was kind of appalled. But when I really thought about it, not really surprised.
Here are my areas and my ratings. There are a couple I feel the need to explain...