What would you do if you were told you had less than a year to live?
Would you try to get your spirituality in order and make peace with your God? Would you do things you would never do otherwise like travel, climb mountains, or dive to the bottom of the ocean? Would you have the wildest sex you could think of? Or would being close to family and children be what you would prefer?
Now let us consider what happen to John Brandrick. This 62 year old British man , was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago and told that he would probably die within a year.
So Brandrick quit his job, sold or gave away nearly all his possessions, stopped paying his mortgage and spent his savings dining out and going on vacations.
He was left with little more than the black suit, white shirt and red tie that he had planned to be buried in.
Then after a year later the doctors have now told him that his suspected “tumor” was no more than a non-life threatening inflammation of the pancreas. The diagnosis was wrong and he is now healthy — but broke.
“I’m really pleased that I’ve got a second chance in life.” says Brandrick but if you haven’t got no money after all this, which is my fault — I spent it all — they should pay something back.”
If he can’t get compensation, he is considering selling his house or suing the hospital that diagnosed him. The hospital has said that while it sympathizes with Brandrick, a review of his case showed no different diagnosis would have been made.
Shouldn’t this be a lesson to us all? We should live everyday like it maybe our last. Any of those last minute thinks we would want to do, we need to do them. We never know when some car will weave out of control, or something may fall out of the sky. A number of my co-workers have gone home after a normal day and they were doing things around the house have just dropped dead.
Live life like it is your last day and if you’re given that extra day consider it a miracle.