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March 11, 2008 / TildeWill

To Have Lifed a Full Life

I was talking to Josh this weekend and I realized one of my biggest governing values is that when I die, be it 70 years or 70 days from now (don’t worry, I don’t plan on dying soon), I want people to say “He lived a full life.” I don’t want them to think I was sitting on my duff, missing out on opportunities, not contributing, not being the person I wanted to be. I don’t want them to think I was miserable. I want them to know I am happy, enjoying life, that I felt and experienced everything I could within reason.

When I make¬†decisions, big decisions, this is the principle I usually pull on the most, especially when there’s risk involved. When I started RCF, I thought”Would I want them to say, ‘He had a good financial history.’ or would I want them to say ‘He ran a fencing club, owned a business, taught people how to fence.’?” The choice for me at that point became very easy. I pull on this principle again now that I’m leaving fencing. There are people who can do what I’ve been doing, and they can do it better, so it’s time for me to continue living a full life in a new way.

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