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If you died tomorrow, would anyone notice?

Asked by MoxieGal (358points) August 12th, 2010

Have you done anything in your life to leave a lasting legacy? Would anyone morn the loss of you? Would you be written about, sung about, talked about? Would you be infamous or famous? Do you feel that you’ve done all that you can in this life, or do you still have tons of living to do?

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ucme's avatar

Well the wife & kids, my Mum, two brothers to name a few would probably feel a draught. Yeah I still have loads to do, loads.

wundayatta's avatar

My kids would notice. My wife would be very upset. My employer would notice (since I’m the only one running the shop now). Friends would be sad. Fluther would notice my absence, but since there would be no information about me, they would figure I was off on one of my little “vacations,” and had decided not to come back.

CMaz's avatar

There would be someone to remember me for the next 60 years or so.

After that, dust in the wind.

All the others No. and last one, yes.

Jude's avatar


This epitaph always got me, though.

“Here lies one whose name was writ in water.”on Keats’ gravestone

Very sad.

etignotasanimum's avatar

I like to think that i would be remembered, but I’m still in the process of making my mark. Family, friends, teachers, etc. would remember me. I haven’t yet done enough to be either famous or infamous. In short, I’m fairly young and have a lot of living that I’d like to do.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Have you done anything in your life to leave a lasting legacy? Not yet but it is in progress.

Would anyone mourn the loss of you? More people than I can count.

Would you be written about, sung about, talked about? Without a doubt.

Would you be infamous or famous? Most definitely famous. I’m a good guy.

Do you feel that you’ve done all that you can in this life, or do you still have tons of living to do? I have a huge amount of things to accomplish yet. My bucket list is massive.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

The only people that would care is my Dad and my best friend.

mrentropy's avatar

In the short-term there are many people who would notice that I died. Family, friends, friends of family, etc.

In the long-term, I’ve got my Facebook page.

iWitch's avatar

I have too much living to do to even begin to answer this question.

perspicacious's avatar

Yes, my family would notice. Hopefully some other would notice too.

Coloma's avatar

Sure. For a little while. lol

It’s all temporary, I am not concerned with anyone building a shrine in my memory…dust in the wind, I’m okay with that, as it should be. ;-)

Austinlad's avatar

My cat and my creditors.

downtide's avatar

Plenty of friends and family would mourn me but society in general wouldn’t notice. I’ve done nothing of any wider significance. I hope I get the chance to do so before I do die though.

mammal's avatar

yeah i think so, i’m sure i’d be mulled over, in my absence, by those who knew me. Some will find it painful, some will find it confusing.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I might rate 6 column inches of obit space locally. Other than two or three very close to me, I doubt if anyone would give a shit.

BoBo1946's avatar

Family and friends would notice. And, Sadie!

downtide's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land six inches in a newspaper? That’s impressive. I wouldn’t get any.

CaptainHarley's avatar

My beloved wife would miss me, as would my children and grandchildren. A few friends would miss me. I’ve done almost everything I wanted to do in life, althought I do want to write a book for my grandchildren, telling them some things I think they need to know. I use to want to finally get my PhD, but I now realize that’s just a vanity.

Frenchfry's avatar

Well I am not famous and I don’t have a big family . So it would be my husband and daughter.

cookieman's avatar

Sure. A bunch of people would notice.

Some might rejoice.

Ron_C's avatar

I am sure that my family and my dog would notice. I would, however like a little warning so that I can isolate my assets and liabilities from my family and build up a really big credit card bill. I want MasterCard to really miss me.

Berserker's avatar

When I kick the bucket, war songs will be sung of my heroism. Taverns will be filled with odes to my swashbuckling.

Actually no. Sure some people will notice, but I guess other than a headstone, there won’t be any extravagant lasting impression, at least not so far.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@Symbeline No flaming Viking dragon boat?

Berserker's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land That would be preferred indeed, but I doubt historians would let go of an actual drakkar just to burn my corpse in it.

It would rock, though.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@Symbeline I’ll build you one, mon amie :^D

YARNLADY's avatar

I’ve got a long time to go, but in event of an unexpected demise, my family and probably one or two people on the internet would notice, briefly. Other than that, no long term effects other than my genes that have been passed on.

anartist's avatar

@downtide the space in obits is largely determined by what loved ones write about you. Space in another part of the paper is another thing.

Some of the work I did has a ‘shelf-life’ of about 20 years [museum exhibits] and not all of it is outlived yet. Other than that perhaps friends my generation and younger, and family for 2–3 generation.
To all intents and purposes, I’m part of the basic lot of the living:
“time like an ever rolling stream bears all its sons away, they fly forgotten as a dream dies at the opening day.”

“And, as the Cock crew, those who stood before
The Tavern shouted -’’ Open then the Door!
You know how little while we have to stay,
And, once departed, may return no more.”

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Have you done anything in your life to leave a lasting legacy? Perhaps, in the minds and hearts of a few.

Would anyone mourn the loss of you? There would be many besides my love, kids and family.

Would you be written about, sung about, talked about? Definitely.

Would you be infamous or famous? Just remembered.

Do you feel that you’ve done all that you can in this life, or do you still have tons of living to do? I will always have tons of living to do.

stardust's avatar

I’ve so much living to do yet.
People would notice. People would miss me. Then life would take over.
I don’t think I’d be leaving much of a legacy just yet.

papasan's avatar

What difference does it make, you’ll still be six feet under regardless. The important thing is to enjoy life while you have a life to enjoy.

Justice13's avatar

Yeah, I’d leave a bloodbath as I go down fighting whatever guilty/innocent party I take apart, eventually someone would smell the corpses.

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