less than three weeks to live

tirol karlovy vary carlsbad
photo credit: thengineer

Today’s post is a guest post from my wife, Bubelah.

Last night we watched a movie – “Last Holiday” – and it made me think. Starring Queen Latifah as Georgia Byrd, a Louisiana retail clerk, the premise is simple: Georgia’s doctor tells her that she has three weeks to live and she changes everything about her life. Rather than giving in to despair, she quits her job, cashes out all of her savings and decides to blow all of her money.  She sets out to live her life to the fullest in the brief time she believes she has remaining.  She treats herself to the European vacation of a lifetime.  She flies first class, stays in the Presidential suite, eats the finest food and gets every spa treatment on the menu.

It was a cute movie- not grand – but fun enough to watch and thought-provoking at times. I especially enjoyed Karlovy Vary‘s (Carlsbad’s) wintry landscape.  The movie was filmed in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic and in Tirol, Austria, and the result was amazing.  The movie’s scenery wasn’t limited to outdoor scenery, either:  chefs from the Food Network traveled with the movie crew and prepared beautiful culinary creations used in the movie.
But this post is not just about the movie.  As I said, it made me think.

What would I do if I had only 3 weeks to live?
I have so many things I want to do and see and experience in this life. Where do I start? Mind you, I have two little kids and a husband. And I have my family that I love dearly. In the movie, Georgia has no family and the only relative mentioned is her sister.

Would I cash out everything I saved and blow it on my last fancy vacation or experiences? Here I stop. I pause because I do not know. Of course I would do it with my family and my children. But I have my  children’s future to think about.  Their future is in my hands now while they are still very young. I guess I will agonize about the right decision until my time runs out.

What would YOU do if you had only a few weeks to live?

It is so tiresome to think about the money all the time. It’s like a person who is on a starvation diet.  Once you realize that the starvation diet might not work, you have a tendency to binge.  In the movie, Georgia realizes that her choices have been simplified – she will die soon, and so without consequence she can live life to the fullest.  What all of us have to decide is where the balance is between spending and saving.  Sometimes it’s worth living like today is your last chance at life.