Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

Posted in Rocket Powered Stuff by Rocket Boy Gid on February 17, 2009

My father brought a huge collection of DVDs when he made his yearly home visit last month and I’ve been spending a huge deal of time trying to see them all. One of the films I saw last weekend was the first Final Destination. If you still haven’t seen it, you should. It’s no Spielberg or Scorsese but it’s still pretty okay. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that this movie actually made me think about death. It’s a grim thought I know, but it’s something no medical breakthrough can save us from; like that old saying about death being the “debt that all men pay”. Well, my thoughts aren’t exactly about how if you cheat death, it will come after you in every possible way. This kind of personifies death as a being who has a job to do and will do it no matter how clever or lucky you are, which is obviously untrue.

“The only thing I haven’t done yet is die.

Anyway, thinking about how short your life is makes you realize the numerous things that you know you can’t possibly accomplish in a lifetime. You can look at this several ways. You can be pessimistic and be all emo about it OR you can actually try to prioritize the things which are most important to you and try to do it all before your time runs out. It doesn’t matter how mundane or monumental your life’s ambitions are, I believe that if you’re really convinced about them, you will accomplish them, despite the things (or people) that will try and get in your way. So here are a few of the things that I want to do at least once before I die:

1. Save a life.

2. Meet my soul-mate.

3. Go on an adventure.

4. Serve my country.

5. Skydive.

The fifth one is really just out of curiosity. I know I want to do a lot more things like “travel the world”, “get rich” and other generic ambitions, too, but these five are the only things that I need to do before I can happily say that the only thing I haven’t done yet is die, like Fall Out Boy.

Just to give you an idea how quickly life can end, go learn something about SADS or Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, where a fit and young person is known to die instantly for no apparent reason. It’s very real and very true. If there’s such a medical condition as SADS, hell, I think I better get started with my list before I literally drop dead.

So what about you? What are things that you really want to do before you bite the dust? Whatever it is, you better get going and continue reading my blog for more Rocket Powered Stuff from beyond the grave. Or around the world. Whatever works.