There are plenty of lists of activities to do before you die, trips to take, and so forth, but in fact there are only a few things you really do need to do before you die.
Writing a will is fairly important but there is something that matters even more: Making a Difference.
Before you die, if you do one thing, and one thing only – Make a Difference.
When we were children we were told about how polluted our world was, how people were staving to death in China, how deforestation was destroying acres of land every second, and how Tigers were running the risk of becoming extinct. We all vowed as kids to make a difference, yet the most difference any of us made actually contributed to one or more of these problems.
You have one chance, one life, before you die, try to do something to leave the world in a better place than you came into. You can do this for future generations, your kids, strangers, karma, or if you believe in reincarnation (what if you came back as a chicken?).
Plant a tree – plant ten, plant one hundred.
Eat less meat, fish, dairy, and eggs
Donate to charity – not just cash, but your TIME!
Encourage birth control, and education, in impoverished areas
Recycle, but also buy less
Give away the things you do not want
Protest any wrongs
Spread awareness about problems, issues of cruelty, or suffering
Stop belittling other humans (be they poorly dressed, poorly educated, or simply because they are an other race, or gender)
Set a good example
Vote – not according to what people tell you to vote for, but vote for the right thing
Hug your kids – tell them you love them
Adopt a pet – save a life, if you cannot physically adopt a house pet, adopt a zoo animal
Give your money to somebody who really needs it – not necessarily a family member
Volunteer in an impoverished nation, to give people a school, fresh water, or housing
*Authors Note: Before I die I hope to help change people’s views of pets and animals, to realize they value their lives as much as we value ours. I hope people will especially understand that spaying or neutering their pets helps stop the endless suffering of unwanted pets (in the USA over 3 million are euthanized every year because more are born than there are homes for).
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