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If you knew when you were going to die, would you spend your money or life differently?

Asked by janbb (53622points) November 20th, 2017

In what ways? This is pure speculation of course; I have not been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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marinelife's avatar

Yes, more travel while I had time to enjoy it.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Depends. If Death Day is impending – like in the next year or less, then my answer would be different than if Death Day is 20–30-40 years in the future.

@janbb which timeframe are you thinking about?

janbb's avatar

I guess I’m thinking if it were 10 -15 years out as opposed to 30.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Probably wouldn’t buy super expensive material things. I wouldn’t stress over super small things and I’d try to only surround myself with things I love and people I care about.

I’d also do a ton of cocaine. Maybe some meth. Who knows.

SergeantQueen's avatar

^^Of course, that’s assuming I’d die within 10–15 years. Which means I’d be around 26–31 years of age.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Perfect age range to do cocaine

LuckyGuy's avatar

Absolutely! I would travel more, visit more people, and give more away.
I’ve run my health stats and numbers through a couple of different simulations and I have 31 more years before I reach my life expectancy. That does not mean I will die in 2048.. It means I have a 50% chance of dying by that date. Conversely I there is a 50% chance I will exceed that date. To avoid being destitute after 2048 I must consider my finances now.

If I definitely knew I had 10 years to go I’d be spending a week at the house of every jelly on this site. :-)
(If I were invited, of course.)

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Yes. I’d empty all my retirement savings accounts, rent a nice house on Martha’s Vineyard with an ocean view, and pack-up my husband, dog, and cat. We’d live there until my end. I’d spend the time having lots of company – my various family members, who mostly live nearby in New England, and anyone who’s ever been a good friend. People could come for nice stays at the beach, sumptuous meals on my tab, and a chance to spend time together and say our goodbyes.

flutherother's avatar

No, I don’t think I would, but I wouldn’t want to know.

SergeantQueen's avatar

@LuckyGuy You are invited if you bring the cocaine

janbb's avatar

@SergeantQueen Why do you need drugs?

seawulf575's avatar

I guess it would depend on how long I had. I am pretty certain that we are all going to die one day. But if I knew that I was going to die in a month, I would probably not be working or anything like that. I would be enjoying time with my family more. On the fatalistic side, if I found out I had a week to live, I would probably go have a single car accident that took my life so my family would get more insurance money.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It depends. If I live a long time I will plan for it. If relatively short I’ll focus on that. If it’s happening soon I’ll be giving almost everything away right now, getting affairs in order and making peace with as many people as I can.
Based on the lifespans in my family I probably don’t have that long. I’ll be happy to make it to 60, tickled to make it to 70.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@SergeantQueen I’ll bring it as long as I don’t have to use it. Use never ends well.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Wow! 10 – 15 years is quite long for me.

I would run away from home and book a plane to fly to meet some jellies whose locations I know maybe I’ll have to ask some of you :D

After that, my money would go to charity, because I would still be working during that time period and it would be easy to make that much money in such a long time.

I would spend the rest of my life cherishing the memory I had with the jellies and knowing that at least I did something to the world.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I have the opposite problem. I have too much time. Its hard to care. I would spend an eternity sleeping in. I’m still grateful.

Mariah's avatar

If I had the chance to learn when I will die, I used to think that I wouldn’t take it, because I’d spend my last years depressed about my impending doom. I’ve recently changed my mind about that, though. To me, the most tragic thing would be to spend all my time during my last years working away at a job that I don’t really like, in order to put away money for eventualities that won’t happen.

If I knew I was going to die very soon, I would quit my job. I could stop worrying so much about maintaining health insurance. I have enough money saved that I could do some traveling, assuming my body’s still up for that. I would spend all my money since I don’t have dependents I’d want to pass it onto.

If I knew I was going to die kind-of soon, I would stop accepting the things about my life that I don’t like. I always comfort myself with “I will change this someday.” That assumes there is a someday. I would move out of the city and into a place with some nature. I would have a garden, and a chicken coop, and bees, and a big fish tank. I would talk to my significant other about going on his medical insurance so that I could follow my heart and become self-employed, doing freelance software development work. I would see my family more. I would write a book.

filmfann's avatar

Of course, a lot of people worry about out living their money. Certainly I don’t want to be an imposition to my kids, so I live simply.
Would i spend my money differently if I knew my death day? Traveling might be nice, but it’s more likely I would spend more time eating the wrong things.

flutherother's avatar

I might take out an insurance policy on myself.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@flutherother If you need a beneficiary feel free to use my name. :-)

flutherother's avatar

Well your name is “Lucky” but it might upset my kids.

Sunshinegirl11's avatar

Yes. I would travel and hike more. I get scared of traveling and hiking alone because I’m a female, but if I knew I was going to die, then I wouldn’t have to worry about something bad happening!

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