Obituaries are no fun if you can’t read them, especially when it’s your own. If everyone else is like me, people like to hear about themselves, both good and bad. Most people have a yearly review at work to let them know how they are doing. As people, we only get one review and it’s after we die.
I have an idea called the Five Year Obituary. Every five years, someone should write your obituary. Sum up what you’ve done with your awesome/miserable life. It will either be a tear jerking, reminiscent walk down a path paved with your successes or it will make you realize that you’ve got to get your shit together before you die.
While I have suggest in the past that you should write your own obituary, I think that this one should be written by a close friend that can drop the truth on you without you being too offended by it. You should go into this with an open mind and allow your life summation to be both a pat on the back and a kick in the butt.
A yearly obituary would be tedious. If you only reflect on your life every ten years, you won’t have good opportunities to get your hearse pointed back in the right direction.
Find a good friend and ask them to write your obituary. What causes have you donated your time to? Where have you explored? What lives have you changed? Who looks up to you? How many hot dogs can you eat in 10 minutes and how can we get that number up by the next Five Year Obituary?
Try it and let me know how it goes. Mine currently just has a “born on” date, so I’ve got a bit of work to do with my life.