Before I die…


At 29, I wrote a list of the things I wanted to do before I die…

It was long and varied and even as I crossed items off, it continued to grow. At 74 years and 3 months, and just diagnosed with terminal cancer, I may never complete that list. We may be reticent to admit it but no one has the time to do everything they want, and I will not mourn for things left undone. I choose to celebrate that which I have been fortunate to experience and the friends and colleagues whose paths crossed mine along the way; they are the treasures I will take with me from this world.

Until the day I seek redemption before my maker, I will continue to live and maybe, just maybe, I’ll find the time to cross a couple more items from my list before the clock winds down to its final tick.

Disclaimer: For the record, I am not 74+ years old yet and I do not have cancer. These six fictitious sentences were inspired by Sadje’s What Do You See? image prompt. It started me thinking about how someone just diagnosed with a terminal illness may view their bucket list when faced with the inevitable. If and when I get there I hope I handle it like the 74 year old in my narrative above.

Written for What Do You See? #120 at Sadje’s Keep It Alive Blog.

Written for Six Sentence Stories #198 at GirlieOnTheEdge
Word Prompt: redemption

Photo: Google Photos
Copyright 2022 Greg Glazebrook, All Rights Reserved.


16 thoughts on “Before I die…

    1. Gr8BigFun Post author

      Thanks Sadje. Glad it touched a chord. I had to add the disclaimer because of something I wrote a while back. It was about losing a parent and after publishing I started to get condolences from readers. The piece was emotional but pure fiction. I felt like I’d deceived the reader, albeit unintentionally, and I really was at a loss as to how to respond. Didn’t want that to happen this time

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      1. Sadje

        You’re welcome! I think it’s a hallmark of good writing that your readers are throughly convinced of the fact presented in your story as being true. 👍🏼👍🏼

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  1. Fandango

    I really thought that you were 74 and had terminal cancer. I was going to comment how sorry I was. And then I read your disclaimer, which was a great relief. You really had me going, there. Great writing.

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