While I’m jotting down lists, here’s what I might say to my children/grandchildren, when on my deathbed:
- Be honest.
- Be kind.
- Do the thing you love.
- Be healthy.
Not sure I manage any of them on any particular day, but I aspire toward all five. (And it had to be five, by the way).
If I want to make it a list of seven, I’d add:
- Pay the rent.
- Keep your word.
And for a list of ten, I’d add:
- Mostly, it isn’t about you.
- You’ve got much more time than you think, to do the things you love.
I know that’s only nine. But life isn’t perfect. Get used to it.