If You Knew…

There is an old saying, “Dream as though you are going to live forever and live as though you will die today.”

Discuss: If you knew you had a short time to live, what kinds of things would you want to do?

Many people have “bucket lists” or lists of all the things they want to do at some point in their lifetimes before they die. Some of these things can be serious, like going to college, becoming a doctor, getting married, and having children. Other things can be fun, adventurous, silly, or things that would help others and make the world a better place for everyone else.

Discuss: What are some of the things that you would like to include on your bucket list?

Discuss: If you knew you were going to live for a hundred more years, how would you approach the list of things you want to do?

Discuss: If you are an adult and you knew you had only a short time left to live, what would you most want to teach your children before you died?

The Children’s Wish Foundation is a charity that grants favorite wishes to children who have life-threatening illnesses. A lot of the children wish to go to Disneyland. They have granted 20,000 wishes over the almost thirty years they’ve been an organization.

When Erin Kramp was dying of cancer, she decided to leave a video diary for her six-year-old daughter Peyton. In it, she told her everything she would want to tell Peyton as she grew up, from simple things like how to put on makeup to more complicated matters, like how to choose a good husband.


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