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A few months ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with brain cancer. He’s in his early 30’s with two young kids, a beautiful wife, a budding career, and friends that love him. The doctors gave him a year to live. When I heard his diagnosis I was devastated for him and his family. I was baffled that bad things like this happen to good people. I was depressed thinking my friend may not be here in a year. But, after seeing him, I was inspired.

He told a group of us, “I believe I’m going to beat this, and if it’s my last year to live I’m going to do things I’ve never done.” So far he’s taken his family to Disney, spent more time with his wife and kids, shared his story with hundreds of people, and is daring people to believe he will beat this. It’s remarkable to watch.

The past few months I’ve been asking myself, “What would you do differently if you only had a year to live?” I’ve come up with this short list:

  • I would enjoy every moment with my wife and kids
  • I wouldn’t sweat “the small stuff”
  • I would speak and write with greater ferocity
  • I would relish every interaction with others
  • I would visit Europe, particularly my roots in Scotland
  • I would LOUDLY encourage Americans to live with the character this country was founded upon and work together.

There is more, but those are the main things.

Now, let me ask you: If you only had a year to live, what would you do differently? (I would love to see your response in the comments section)

If we can capture the essence of this question, it will dramatically stir our lives into different action. I’m so thankful for my friend who has decided if this is his last year, he is going to live it to the fullest. I hope to follow his lead.