That line of thinking can lead to a blissful life, but also, neglect of some important things associated with the unpleasantness of dying. While I was healthy, I made some smart moves and some not-so-smart moves. I thought you might be able to benefit from my experience.
Before I get going, I want to say that most of the smart things I did were because of my wife, Laura. The dumb things, those were all mine! So the first smart thing you should do is partner up with someone smarter than you. Fortunately for me, I found Laura. She is very intelligent and can handle finances. I think it is because of the way she was raised, her MBA doesn’t hurt either.
By the way, that was the smartest thing I did. Laura started a savings account and an investment portfolio. If left up to me, I would have spent everything we made! It would have been fun! I would have apparently been behaving like the average American. Then when ALS hit, we would have been in a tough financial place.
In today’s age of technology, most of us have successfully captured every significant life-event in some form of media. When will we have time to watch them? It’s wonderful to have all this media but the trick is to organize the information in a meaningful way.
Right now you are thinking, “I’m going to do that someday when I have time.” Guess what, you will never have time! I organized all my media by date. That was not difficult. The challenge was to make a small presentation from thousands of photos and video clips in the form of several short slide shows. It took a little bit of time but my family can enjoy reliving a lifetime of memories in a few minutes. I uploaded them to YouTube to a private channel so my family will have access to them when I’m gone. It turns out that my children love them so much they watch them with their friends today! Who would have thought?
I hope after reading this, you can say, “I am in good shape, I have already done all that!” If not, what are you waiting for MF?
MF = My Friend, what were you thinking?