I'm going into hospital tomorrow morning for an operation. Nothing too serious or worryingly out of the ordinary, but I am feeling a tad apprehensive. Having been a nurse, (in a time long, long ago), I am aware that while most surgeries go to plan there is that very small number that don't.
Not to be morbid or anything, but I really don't like the thought of being caught out, so just in case anything does go wrong, I have given our eldest daughter the five minute version of what to do in the extraordinary event that I die, which is mostly, "Take care of Dad," and, "Could I please have lots of nice music at the funeral, just in case I am there? Could Abby play the viola please?" If I am in a coma, then, "Please play French tapes or something, just in case I am still in there but can't communicate, so I don't get too bored! And perhaps play Mozart?"
All sensible precautions I think :) But it has got me thinking about how it would be if I were to suddenly die. What would I regret not having finished yet?
For me, there is a book that I would like to write for my family. I've been thinking about it for years, but there is always something else to take my time that seems more immediate.
This slight touch of potentially-imminent-deathness that I appear to have contracted makes me realise that I ought to get on to doing what is really most important to me now, rather than just plan to begin sometime. I want to write that book while I still can.
Do you have anything like that - something that you would like to accomplish before you shuffle 'off this mortal coil'?