Politics

What Would You Do If You Knew?

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After Tony Snow’s death today, Pete Abel penned the following…

I’m 43. When Tony was my age, if he’d known he had 10 years left, would he have done anything differently? If I could look in to the future and know the date of my death, would I do anything differently? Would I work less, spend more time with my family? Would I stop getting up at 5 a.m. during the week to sneak in my 30-minute workout just so I can stop gaining weight at an exponential pace?

Would any of us change?

Given Tim Russert’s untimely passing, I think these questions are particularly apropos.

It reminds me of the saying, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”

In the end, I think we do what we can with the skills and thoughts and emotions we have at the time. And because I consider life as a continuous series of changes, most of which are imperceptible, perhaps the point isn’t to think of all of the things we would do, but instead enjoy the things we are doing.

Discuss.