Everyone should have a will…Right? Right.
Truth be told, this is something I preach but don’t practice. You know, like eating healthy and working out. Sounds great but I rarely do it…the working out part. Let’s face it – that’s the hard part. And, like working out, planning for your death is hard. Hard, but important.
Next week I leave for Thailand to cross off one of my Bucket List items. I realize this is a trip many have made before and I realize that volunteering with elephants is not likely to be my cause of death. But… I also realize that shit happens. And, though I have no intentions of getting swept under a stampede, I am not the type to sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by…I’ll jump (or attempt to jump) on the elephants back and enjoy the ride!
With all that in mind, today I wrote my will. It isn’t official but I have no doubt it will stand up in court – it is basic, but informative, and will most likely cause those to read it to both laugh and cry…as any will should. The will is brief. One printed page of instructions (front and back) for my assets, my Bubs, and my vacuum (My BF will be so happy!)…
Writing my will really made me think about my life… and possible death. What happens when we go… Does it really matter? The fact is, we live our lives with no guarantees of tomorrow. When I die, I want to leave my family with no regrets. No thoughts of “I should have said this” or “I should have done this”. Not a good way to live…or die.
Though I won’t go into exact details of the will, there are a few key parts I would like to share with you. And, since no one in my family (or my BF for that matter) reads this blog, I am certain that writing this won’t ruin the surprise should I die an untimely death. Here is the abbreviated version:
That’s it in a nutshell. Clear and concise. The real version is a bit more detailed but, as I mentioned earlier, still only one printed page (front and back). I am hoping this is the most anyone every reads of it since I have every intention of returning home after this trip. At that point, it may be time to start the actual will process or trust which is my estate plan of attack. The benefits of skipping probate with a Living Trust will shave months and sometimes years off settling an estate and keeps the records private. But it isn’t for everyone. You can read about the differences between wills and living trusts HERE.
With all this crazy death talk I am happy to be reminded of what is most important in life. I am so grateful for my family, friends, BF, my best girl Bubs, and also this community. As I stated in the last paragraph of my will…
Things don’t make a life complete – people and experiences do. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the bull shit. 🙂
Until next time…and there will be a next time!
**UPDATE 10/15/16 – I lived! :)**