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40 Things To Say Before You Die

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. Jessica Hagy,

1 “I understand.” More important than being right, or being important, is being truly aware.

2 “I love you.” We all want to say this, and we all want it said to us.

3 “I made a decision.” Autonomy transforms any activity from a chore to an act of destiny.

4 “This is going to work.” When this is said truthfully, it’s an assertion of power.

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.

6 “I don’t know how to do this.” It’s better to admit it and learn than to fake it and embarrass yourself.

7 “I trust you.” We all need allies, and admitting as much helps forge alliances.

8 “Let’s go!” Where you’re going often matters far less than the enthusiasm you have for the trip.

9 “Eureka!” Being the first to know something is a delicious sensation.

10 “Your secret is safe with me.” Because it feels deep-down good to be trustworthy.

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.

12 “I earned this.” There’s a layer of proud ownership over everything you possess that wasn’t merely given to you.

13 “This is my favorite thing.” Enjoy what you love and say this as often as you can.

14 “Tell me more.” Really getting to know someone (or some topic) will help you better triangulate your own place in the world.

15 “I’ll try it.” Consider the impotence of never saying you’ll try.

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.

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.

18 “This is who I am.” The nervous energy spent pretending to be something you’re not is better spent on practically anything else.

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.

20 “I can master this.” The ability to learn is the foundation of every other talent.

21 “Damn, I look good.” You come from a long line of people who convinced others to sleep with them. Remember that.

22 “Congratulations.” Say this without jealously. Practice if you have to.

23 “Isn’t this beautiful?” The more often you notice the gorgeous world around you, the happier you’ll be.

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.

25 “This is wrong.” If you never say it, you embody the statement.