I recognize that at times I’m borderline morbid, but generally, I find a sort of ecclesiastical freedom in remembering that life is a temporary thing. I just like knowing that all the pressure I let myself feel in life is really pretty silly. Anyway, I bought this book called “After I’m Gone: Thoughts, Wishes, Memories, & Secrets to Share with Those I Love.” It’s kind of a journal, but is full of questions about your childhood, family, friends, hobbies, travel, funeral wishes, etc… everything from “The biggest compliment I ever got was… The person who gave it to me was…” to “My pallbearers are to be…” I’ve only just started filling a few things out, but I’m finding it a great tool for reflection. I’m going to write down a few of my answers for posterity…
The tradition I loved most as a child was… waking up early on Christmas morning.
I always fantasized about… owning a horse.
My oldest friend is… Best Friend R.
Two places I wish I had traveled to are… Tibet, South Korea.
The best family vacation I ever went on was to… Tennessee (or Maine).
When people first meet me, they usually think I am… quiet.
I have always tried to be good at… everything.
The thought that most often runs through my mind is… That’s/It’s/I’m okay.
My favorite prayer is… “Lord, help me.”
Something I always wanted to do but never got the chance to was… skydive.
If reincarnation exists, I want to return as a… Theravada Buddist monk or a Spanish nun.
Celebrate my life by…. Holding hands with your love, easing the lives of and bringing joy to old people, and being open to Jesus.
I hope that in the future my sibling will… find every happiness possible on this earth.
The music I want played at my funeral is… “Untitled Hymn” (Come to Jesus) by Chris Rice.
The psalms, hymns, and prayers I want recited [at my funeral] are… ”How Can I Keep From Singing” (hymn), “In the Garden” (hymn) and Psalm 103 (Read by Best Friend T).
I want readings and speeches to include… parts of: Isaiah 43, I Cor. 13, Ecclesiastes; all of Gen. 5:24 (<my life verse).
“Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” ~Genesis 5:24
“Untitled Hymn” (Come to Jesus) by Chris Rice
The link… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_hV8L65Rqo