Forbes, Jessica Hagy 10/04/

Forbes, Jessica Hagy 10/04/2012 @ 9:45AM |1,651,179 views

*40 Things To Say Before You Die*

Before you#re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They#re not complicated. They#re not poetry.

They#re just short sentences with big meaning.

I hope they get you talking.

40 #I wonder.#

Give yourself time to think so the time you spend doing things will be better spent.

39 #Today was good.#

If you can say it once, you can say it again. And again. And again.

38 ”I believe in this.#

A god, a plan, a company, a person, an idea#you have to put your faith in something.

37 ”I#m not finished.#

Only you get to decide when your life#s work is done.

36 #Thank you for making this possible.#

Because nobody does anything alone. We#re driven and supported and thwarted by others at every turn.

35 #That#s enough.#

Food. Drink. Episodes of Law & Order. Pairs of shoes. Overtime. Articulating your own limits is powerful.

34 ”I can do better.#

As soon as you say it, you#re that much closer to making it true.

33 #I#m sorry.#

But you can#t just say it; you have to mean it. Really mean it.

32 #I survived.#

Moments of danger are the plot points of an exciting life.

31 #You#re amazing.#

Let yourself be in awe of another person, and you#ll feel strong and weak simultaneously.

30 #I am home.#

Home is every adventure#s final destination and starting point#and we all need one to call our own.

29 #I did my best.#

If this is true, you did something amazing.

28 #How can I help you?#

Because you want people to come to your funeral, and if they can#t make it, at least they#ll miss you.

27 #I#m lucky.#

You are lucky, in a way that no one else is. Now, what are you going to do with your good fortune?

26 #I want that.#

Ask for it: that#s you get what you covet#from others and for yourself.

25 #This is wrong.#

If you never say it, you embody the statement.

24 #I quit.#

Not everything is worthwhile, and sometimes we don#t find that out until we#re in the middle of a rotten situation.

23 #Isn#t this beautiful?#

The more often you notice the gorgeous world around you, the happier you#ll be.

22 #Congratulations.#

Say this without jealously. Practice if you have to.

21 #Damn, I look good.#

You come from a long line of people who convinced others to sleep with them. Remember that.

20 #I can master this.#

The ability to learn is the foundation of every other talent.

19 #Hold the mayo.#

Ask for the little things on a regular basis and you#ll find that it#s easier to make larger demands on occasion.

18 #This is who I am.#

The nervous energy spent pretending to be something you#re not is better spent on practically anything else.

17 #Get out.#

It#s always harder to take back an invitation than to give one, but protecting yourself from personified trouble is always worth the effort.

16 #That was my contribution.#

Own what you#ve worked to create#that#s how your presence will be felt long after you#re gone.

15 #I#ll try it.#

Consider the impotence of never saying you#ll try.

14 #Tell me more.#

Really getting to know someone (or some topic) will help you better triangulate your own place in the world.

13 #This is my favorite thing.#

Enjoy what you love and say this as often as you can.

12 #I earned this.#

There#s a layer of proud ownership over everything you possess that wasn#t merely given to you.

11 #I don#t care.#

Being able to discern between what#s important and what#s trivial is a skill that will save your sanity and your schedule.

10 #Your secret is safe with me.#

Because it feels deep-down good to be trustworthy.

9 #Eureka!#

Being the first to know something is a delicious sensation.

8 ”Let#s go!#

Where you#re going often matters far less than the enthusiasm you have for the trip.

7 #I trust you.#

We all need allies, and admitting as much helps forge alliances.

6 #I don#t know how to do this.#

It#s better to admit it and learn than to fake it and embarrass yourself.

5 ”I#m terrified.#

Fear is an asset. It can save you from danger and alert you to trouble. Don#t ignore the tingles that run up and down your spine.

4 #This is going to work.#

When this is said truthfully, it#s an assertion of power.

3 #I made a decision.#

Autonomy transforms any activity from a chore to an act of destiny.

2 #I love you.#

We all want to say this, and we all want it said to us.

1 #I understand.#

More important than being right, or being important, is being truly aware.

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