Totally irrelevant and just a bit of fun after reading the bucket list thread...
Say you did have the circumstance like in the movie the Bucket List and could pick a place to check out of this existance (and hopefully into the next one) where would it be?
I thought about this a couple of years ago in Cambodia at the Ankhor Wat complex. The gate of the dead. What more appropriate place would there be?
Of course being surrounded by family and friends would be the ideal option...but if you had a choice of the last bit of scenery you saw before you checked out..where would it be?
Before travelling overseas, I would have said Twin Falls in Kakadu National Park, Australia.
However, since my world travels it would be either Wadi Rum in Jordan for sheer natural beauty or the Hypostyle Hall in Temple of Karnak, Egypt for something more spiritual.
I like the way Jacques checked out in The Big Blue. I guess the last place anyone wants to check out is the hospital. Ironic that most of of will die in hospital. Sheesh how depressing a topic. I guess it is not so much where you check out as who you are with. But if I could choose, probably Nepal, or Bhutan, somewhere high up in the Himalayas (Closer to heaven).
You always come up with these challenging questions.
I have a fondness for mountains but I'm a water person so I'd want to be laying on some quiet beach in a hammock with the warm breezes blowing, smelling the salt and sea air, listening to the crash of those ocean waves singing to me. I am assuming I'm 90+ and might need a sunset nap....one last amazing sunset would be in order as I drift off-- never to awake again.
But-- if I were selecting a mountain it would be at the top of Machu Picchu as it is the most spiritual place I have been to ....at this point. It is an amazing place and it spoke to me. As the day ended we sat in a grassy area embracing the beauty, watching the sun lower in the sky and many swallows circling in joyous flight.
Yes MJ that is the assumption..a life well lived and 90+ and ready for the sunset nap
I just want to be surrounded by my love ones.
It doesn't matter where.
I saw this discussion a few days ago, and it prompted me to tell my boyfriend, if I check out in some other part of the world, dont bother to bring my body back here to Europe. Just pay whatever the costs are to have my body or ashes stay where I died.
I dont really care where I check out. I am only interested in the days, months and years that go before the check out.
At home .....not in a hospital...I guess I am too much of a pragmatist..I've already got my grave site paid for in the local cemetary beside my parents and other family members....may as well use it......and I don't care if anyone comes to the burial or not.....I'd rather they stop by for a few minutes while I am alive and I can hit record on whats on TV and turn off my cell phone and we can visit a bit.
They can throw me off the Cliff of Moher when I died. I like it. Getting my body wash away.
In the west of Ireland watching the sun go down over the Atlantic. I was going to say over Galway Bay but that would be too cliché. Actually Sunset, Salthill, Galway, Ireland.
hmm, I agree with Wanderly Wagon..Ireland...although I am partial to the Caribbean...something about warm turquoise waters and tropical breezes sound like a great send off!
[Edited: 2012 May 08 19:34 - MichaelnFaye:21816 - Advertising link removed]