Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about what we would do if we knew when our time was almost up – maybe because the truth is, most of us will never get that chance. The end arrives in a hurry, or so late that we’re not really up for making any big, final gestures.
If you did know you only had an hour to live, though, and you did consider it, what would you say?
These people have a full range of replies.
1. The ones you love.
Hug all my immediate family. Make videos to send to all the people I love. I just lost someone and I’d kill for more voicemails and videos of them to replay when I miss them.
I don’t wanna forget how they looked or sounded.
2. Do what you love.
Tell nobody, grab my earbuds, and find somewhere nice outside to sit and draw in my sketchbook until I’m done.
3. In the mood.
I’d have to hug my family as well, all jokes in this thread aside. My kids especially. Then for the last ten minutes I’d drive somewhere and park my car, call an ambulance. I want to give my family hugs, but I don’t want them to end up suddenly holding onto a corpse.
Not to get too dark, but hey I’m in the mood I guess. In my darkest depression I planned the end and it basically was down to the last hour. Drive somewhere with an expensive bottle of booze. Get drunk. Call up an ambulance and give them a very recognizable place to go find my car like a gas station etc. (I want them to find me first, not some random person but also don’t want my body to sit there for a week).
Give my closest friend a quick call but just say I love them, goodbye. Hang up so they don’t hear the shot. Bullet. This was many years ago before I had a family and I haven’t had a suicidal ideation in quite a while.
4. The people who mean the most.
Grab my son and husband in an embrace and tell them for 60 straight minutes every single thing I love about both of them. Take pictures with them. Record videos with them. Record videos for them for future events in their lives I will miss.
My mom died when I was 25 and these are all the things I wish we could have done. She hated getting her picture taken or being on video so now I can barely remember what she looked or sounded like and that is such a painful reminder whenever I think about her and only have a vague idea of her anymore.
5. Mess with people.
Have a beer and post on facebook—“if this post doesn’t get 5,000 likes in the next hour I will die.”
Woke up to 10k likes so i guess they resuscitated me??
6. The usual.
fall in a spiraling anxiety attack, trying to find out what to do for my last hour.
go see my parents? spend the time with my bf? eat my last meal? watch one more good show? walk in nature? say my good byes to my friends?
I have to make choices, what if I disappoint people because I didn’t contact them? I don’t have a will, what do I want to leave to whom? the dog won’t even understand that I’m dead!! I spent all my life studying for WHAT? I’m gonna die having done nothing but that!
No time to think about that, I should go play fetch with the pup… Do UberEats deliver lobster? Is it gonna be good? Imagine having for last supper rubbery cold lobster. Let’s go out in a bang with champagne and sex!
I don’t want to die naked though. I don’t want my bf to be traumatized that way either. I’ve wasted already 5 minutes out of my last 60 minutes trying to figure it out, what if I get to do nothing because I was indecisi
7. The best way to pass any hour.
Snuggle with my dog.
8. For the future.
Record messages to my daughters for all of their major events in their life they have gotten to yet, graduations, weddings, births, that I won’t get a chance to be there for.
I would tell them how proud of them I am, and how they need to always look out for they mom.
I would tell my wife I love her, and my dogs they are the best boys/girls.
9. Say you care.
I am at a minimum sending a text to everyone I care about and telling them what they mean to me.
I lost a friend in the vegas shooting, but we had lunch on his layover heading to the festival. He’s the only male friend I’ve ever had that when leaving would look you in the eyes and say “I love you man”. Not just me but all of his friends. Every single guy would smile and get that bashful look because they didn’t know how to respond. Sort of like the “watch what happens when I tell a stranger they’re beautiful” videos that circulate every now and then. The look in people’s faces says it all like a giant sigh of relief knowing someone cares.
To this day I can see him clear as day getting into his uber, looking me in the eyes and saying “I love you man”. After I found out he was gone I’ve picked up this habit for those close to me. It means so much just having some say they care.
10. That might not be the best plan.
Scroll Netflix or Hulu until I find something to watch while I wait it out.
11. You’ll want to die after that.
planks for 1 hour. it’ll last for 10 years
And you would have terrific abs too.
12. That might take awhile.
steal the Declaration of Independence.
13. Make the national news.
Get in my car and drive as long as I can and as fast as I can. I’m talking 5 star wanted level; I want to make national news.
And right before my timer goes off, I want to drive straight off a cliff and put on the most spectacular car crash anyone’s ever seen.
14. Just the basics.
rub one more out, tell people i love them, stare at the moon. easy
“Mom, dad. I love you so much. Also I’m jerking off to the moon.”
15. Definitely crap.
In like 7th or 8th grade they asked us to write an essay on what we’d do if we knew we would die in exactly 24 hours. I put down some smart-ass shit like, “Well since I’m not dying till midnight tomorrow, I’m basically immortal. So I’d skydive without a parachute.”
But I also said I’d come into the school at midnight when it’s empty and burn it so all the other kids can have a few days/weeks off school.
I got suspended for that which I maintain to this day is crap.
16. To be practical.
Make sure my wife knows how to collect my life insurance policy.
Sometimes I joke with her that she won’t even be sad when I die because of my policy. She doesn’t think it’s funny.
17. If you love your life…
Hang out on my couch with all my pets i guess. The usual.
18. Cheers to that.
An hour huh? That’s enough time for a drink…or a few.
And you don’t have to deal with the hangover!
19. Real life.
Panic for an hour then die.
I scream at the top of my lungs, what’s going on!
20. Pants can suck it.
Well I sure as hell won’t be spending it wearing pants.
1hr30mins later. “Sorry sir, there’s been a mix up with patient records, you’re absolutely fine.”
I regret nothing.
21. What if they’re wrong, though??
I have allergies. I will eat everything I had to stop eating because of them.
Thereby fulfilling the prophecy.
22. Living the dream.
Call my boss and tell him to take that job and shove it.
23. You’ve gotta verify.
Google “one hour to live scam or legit reddit”
Everyone knows random reddit threads have the best answers.
Every time I want to get opinions and recommendations I always add reddit at the end of my search, somehow I feel more comfortable getting answers from fellow redditors.
24. Marriage, am I right?
Say goodbye to friends and family, make a quick will, then just vibe with them.
My wife would want to spend it with me.
Not because it’s romantic, but because spending an hour with me would feel like an eternity.
25. Not the worst.
Its almost 3am here. Probably go to bed.
Then I’ll never wake up. Not a bad way to go.
26. Sounds about right.
Call that guy back to discuss my car’s warranty.
“In the latest news, there were two bodies found where both individuals were found in different states, but happened to be on the phone at the same time. The first person’s death seems to be some sort of spontaneous combustion, and the other seems to have died of surprise of finally getting to talk to someone about their fake car warranty.”
27. Idyllic, except for the dying.
Load the kids into the car, drive out to my parents’ place, give them all hugs and kisses, grab one of their whiskey bottles, walk out back to the lake, sit on the pier, and spend the last 10-15 minutes drinking and enjoying the view.
28. It depends.
If it’s natural causes I’d go to the hospital so they can harvest my organs fresh and I’d call my family on the way to say goodbye.
Unless the 1 hour is a huge asteroid or something globally cataclysmic I’d try to get a good view.
29. Mess with people.
Take a couple thousand dollars out of the bank.
Die with that money clutched in my hand and surrounded by cryptic messages with allusions toward a much greater hidden treasure.
Put GPS coordinates in a note that lead to a landmark/statue/whatever that you hate. People trying to find the statue will destroy it.
30. One good dude.
Assuming I’m at home when I find out…Facetime my family and tell them I love them and talk about the good times we’ve had and tell them that they’ve made my life amazing.
Text my friends and let them know how much they mean to me and thank them for their friendship.
Hug my dogs and give them scratches.
Sit on my balcony with my girl in my arms, dogs beside me, and let death take me.
Edit: yeah dying in front of my fiancé would probably traumatize her…maybe I’d slip away the last 5 minutes and walk to a bench down the road so a passerby could find me. Also I’d tell her it’s ok to move on, I wouldn’t want her to be alone the rest of her life
31. Same old, same old.
Smile as my last hour will be spent doing absolutely nothing with my life
Like the other 28 years.
God: “I don’t know whether to let you into heaven or send you to hell. According to your charts, you’ve done literally nothing.”
Reading through these definitely made me consider changing my answer.
What would you say? Tell us in the comments!