Write Your Own Eulogy

Posted by on November 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm.

So I’m taking this Transitions course. It’s designed to help people decide what they want to be when they grow up. I really wish I’d had access to something like it when I was finishing high school, it would have saved me a whole lot of wasted time.

After we ‘blue-skied’ our dream job and analysed what we hated about past jobs we did a few exercises to determine what was really important to us. The goal is to align our personal and professional goals instead of having separate sets which are constantly at war with each other. Then we moved on to describing our perfect life, how it would look and feel, where it would be, what we’d be doing and who we’d have with us.

The final exercise for the morning was write our own eulogies. What would we like people to say about us after we’re gone. Or if you’re too freaked out by the concept of dying, imagine a toast at yout 75th birthday party.

Here’s my eulogy – read by my incredibly hot partner – whoever he may turn out to be:

“We’re gathered here today to honour Sue Nelson Buckley as we freeze her aging body to thaw out when we’ve cured old age. Her body gave out long before her youthful spirit was finished doing what it was meant to do.

Sue single-handedly made 106 the new 30.

Sue always described herself as a late bloomer. She didn’t really follow her dreams until she was in her 40s, but once she hit her stride she was unstoppable. Well, except for the flowers, she always took time to stop and smell the flowers, reground herself and remember what was truly important in this life. As I stand here and mourn the temporary loss of my best friend, I’m heartened to see the size and diversity of the group gathered to say “see you soon” to the amazing person Sue was and is. Very few of us wil bother remembering Sue for her vast amount of money. We will all treasure the way she touched our lives and helped us achieve our own dreams.

Enjoy your rest Sue, We’ll see you in re-animation.”

You’re allowed to laugh. It is funny, but I truly how that I will be able to be the kind of positive influence as written above. (The vast amounts of money would also be nice but not a paramount consideration)

This begs the question, Are you living the life you want and what kind of legacy will you leave behind?

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