21DJC Day 17 – If The World Came To An End Today, How Would You Feel?

This is Day 17 of the 21-Day Journaling Challenge (21DJC) for Nov 2011. View list of tasks: 21DJC Overview.

Hi everyone – Welcome to Day 17 of 21DJC! :)

Yesterday’s question was: “What Makes You Happy?“. (Read the responses.)

Check out some of the things that bring joy to readers at Personal Excellence readers:

“My happiest moments are spending time with my husband and my family, reading, playing the piano, taking pictures and drawing/ painting.” – Kimberly

“My horses, when they’re happily munching away, or they trot up to see me when I come out, or if I’m talking to them and they snort at the right time. Or at work when one of the dogs chases a ball, or a stick, or a leaf, or walks up to me to get petted wiggling so much with excitement that they nearly fall over.” – Laurel

“I am happy when I reach a goal, even when it’s a small one. I am also happy when taking positive action and even before that,when I am making plans and feel pumped about achieving something. And I am so happy and grateful to be alive and have this amazing adventure on the Earth :)))” – Ivona

“What makes me happy? … [It] could be anything. From people to animals, birds, fish, insects, places, memories, art, music, movies, photos, the weather (even if it’s raining), technology, books, magazines, the ocean, the sky, the sun, clouds, aromas, trees, grass, flowers, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, water, puddles, cars, trains, buses, bicycles, planes, and even something as obscure as dog poo on the street, which I will just look at and laugh. The dogs are just doing what needs to be done, so how can that not make anyone happy? :)” – Glenn

“When I feel like I’ve made a difference in someone’s life, then I feel happy.” – Pat Fuller

“Achieving something to me that is not easy.The most vivid and emotional moment for me is when I got my car license, it may be trivial to many people but its the most satisfying experience for me.” – iImprove2

“What I love most about life is that there are so many things to see, explore and learn. We only have so much time and space to expose ourselves to them. Whatever I do, I would like to think that i am learning something from it.” – Viole

“Being independent, supporting myself. Clearing clutter and living simply. Saving money. Random acts of kindness (receiving and performing them). Meditation. Feeling gratitude for all that i have, and dreaming of all the good things to come.”

“What makes me happy? Simple things like: Being with my children, seeing them smile. Feeling loved, feeling that people care about me. Playing with my dogs. Receiving an unexpected gift. Giving someone a gift. Christmas. Reading a book• When I achieve something or reach a goal, even if it a small thing. Walking barefoot on the beach.” – Ish

“Many things make me happy…. Spending time with my family. Finishing a project. Creating extra ordinary designs. Listening Meaningful Hindi Songs. Reading Motivational Stuff. Achieving success. Logging in to Personal Excellence / Forum :) ” – Kamal

Thank you, Kamal (as well as to the rest of you to mentioned that in your responses). :D I’m really happy to know that being at Personal Excellence makes you happy. :D Guess happiness can be a self-enforcing cycle, aye? ;)

What makes me happy? Almost everything, really. Some things that make me happy include:

  • People smiling.
  • Connecting with people.
  • Seeing people in love.
  • Living my purpose. Helping people grow.
  • Pursuing and achieving my goals.
  • Gratitude.
  • Growing.
  • Uncovering my blind spots.
  • Kindness.
  • Running Personal Excellence.
  • Working on upcoming projects for Personal Excellence.
  • Seeing you happy.
  • Knowing I have positively affected someone’s life as a result of what I do.
  • Seeing my parents go about their day-to-day activities.
  • Living life.

With that said, let’s now move to today’s question!

21DJC Day 17

Today’s question is:

If The World Came To An End Today, How Would You Feel?

If The World Came To An End Today, How Would You Feel?

Would you be happy? Would you be sad? Would you be nonchalant? Would you wish for more time with your loved ones? Would you wish for more time to fulfill your goals? Would you wish for another chance at life?

Put on your reflection cap and let your thoughts flow. Below is an empty form which you can use to write your answers to the question. Treat it as your private 21DJC journaling “room”, if you will. You will be seeing this form every day, for the 21 days of the challenge. There’s a button for you to keep track of your word count too, if you’re interested.

(Note you will not see the form below if you’re viewing this in your email client. Visit the actual post online to see the form.)

If The World Came To An End Today, How Would You Feel?

Your Task Today:

  1. Reflect and answer today’s question. There’s no word limit – whether minimum or maximum. Write as few or as many words as you want. It’s all up to what you want to express!
  2. Share your answer. After you are done writing, copy and paste your answer in the comments area and post it there.
  3. Check out other participants’ answers. Other participants will be sharing their answers too, so feel free to read and reply to their answers. This is a group course, so let’s support each other in these 21 days.
Look forward to reading your answers! :D


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  1. Nour says:

    I could feel the power of the nature and universe, how tiny we are. Many feeling could appear, fear, sad, etc. I want to get together with my family and friends. I could wish the world end in peace. Appreciate the minutes I still alive, the earth. Could I reborn again? Can we live on the earth again? I pray.

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  2. fufu says:

    I would feel sad and honestly, afraid. If the world ended today I know I wouldn’t react in a positive way. I would start crying and search for any evidence that the end of the world isn’t today just to realize it will be today. I would slap myself mentally for dying so young before achieving anything in life, I would feel disappointment and rage towards myself because I always said I would achieve a lot in life but now I, as well as the world I love, are gone and finished. I would had to accept the fact I was a nobody till the end, who was just all talk. I would feel a bit privileged to experience the famous end of the world tough but not in a good way. Hmm this question makes me realize that there are so many things I have yet to do in life and that if death is among me I wouldn’t die in peace..thank you for asking this eye opening question. :D

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  3. Bilal Kamoon says:

    21DJC#17: If The World Came To An End Today, How Would You Feel?

    “Death isn’t sad, the sad thing is some people don’t live at all.” ~Peaceful Warrior

    I’ve already wrote an article about that subject called You Will Die Tomorrow. But I’ll elaborate more for the sake of today’s question.

    If the world was to end right this moment, I wouldn’t have any regrets or sorrow. I can say this because I know that I’ve lived my life in the most efficient way possible. And because I know that I’ve give it at least 110% of my potentials.

    “Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy that it happened.” ~Dr Seuss

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  4. eysqueen says:

    If the world came to an end I would be ok with knowing that I have done all that I was capable of doing up to this point. Yes I would like to have done more, but when I reflect on my accomplishments up to this point, I am very happy. I am at peace with the path my life has taken.

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  5. Jesse Barkume says:

    If the World came to an end today I would sit out side with my guitar, pets, friends and family playing and singing a song making them sing and dance along feeling happy for having lived a good life:) Then I would get excited for not knowing what was to come and the possibilities of death and a new life:)

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  6. Yen says:

    If the world comes to an end today, I would be sad as there are so many things I haven’t done. I will spend the last time with my family and send words of love and goodbye to all who are dear to me. I will pray for everyone to land safe and sound to the new world.

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  7. Taffi says:

    If the world came to an end today, i would feel terrible. I would feel that i have been robbed of so many chances. That i wasted an opportunity to make something great out of something which is now ordinary. I would feel really grateful for what i have, but then feel great remorse for having wasted the resources.
    If the world would end today, i would totally lament. I have spent most of my life getting educated and saving money. I have dreams. I have been focusing on gathering skills, and becoming an engineer, playing it safe in life.
    I would regret not traveling more and living a more carefree life.
    I would regret not falling madly in love. I have been protecting my heart for so long, scared for the future. I would totally regret that.
    I would be grateful for seeing what i have seen, and having had the relationships i have had. But i would feel for the ones which failed…the times when i allowed good things to turn bad. When i did not care enough for people. When i was selfish and greedy and hard hearted.
    So no, i would not be non chalant. This life is not ALL we have, but it is so much. It is a terrible thing to waste it. So yes, it would make me sad.
    I would wish for more time with my loved ones. I spend lots of time away from them now. I dont think i know how to love them properly yet and get scared very often, and regress to my little shell. I would wish i had the courage to tell them how much they meant to me, and how great they are, and how much i care for them.
    I am not sure of all my goals yet, but then, they are so many. I would wish for more time to fulfil them, for sure.
    And yes, i would wish for another shot at life. It is painful, for sure…but i still think i would take another shot at life. To live better, to love more, to be more real!

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  8. Nesy says:

    Though it’s true that one day the world would come to an end, but if it does today, i’ll feel happy knowing

    that i’ll be going to heaven,where there’ll be everything at its best. But on the other hand, i’m just 21, i’ll feel

    unfulfilled ‘cos there’s a certain point in life that i want to get to before it’s end. All the same, if it comes to

    an end who am i to want to wish it hasn’t?

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  9. Christine says:

    I would be very sad and scared because I would not know what happen next (even after death). I would be devastated too because I may not be able to be together with my loved ones again.

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  10. Megan says:

    I would feel scared for one! Besides my immediate struggle for survival and fear of the “end”, I would spend those last few hours or even minutes completely reflecting on the trivialities of my life, from the good to the bad, to the extreme lows, and even the best moments of my life. It’s crazy how when you think back to the best moment s of your life, when you were living those moments (a lot of the time) you had no clue you were living them. My high school graduation comes to mind. As I was walking down the aisle in a long line of grads waiting to receive my diploma, my papa was standing there on the sidelines whistling with his huge video recorder filming me. Instead of being overjoyed at how happy he was for me, I was embarrassed and couldn’t even manage a smile! Imagine the nerve of me! I completely took that moment for granted, but I will forever hold his image, completely overwhelmed with pride at my graduating, very close to my heart.

    I would wish that I did a lot of things different as well. For instance, I spent almost my entire high school career hating a girl with every cell in my body. I became consumed with hating her, talking badly of her whenever I could, trying to fight her and talk “crap” to her face, mess with her car, etc. This isn’t to say it was one-sided! A lot of it was her, and at the time I thought I was defending my reputation and fighting back. Looking back at all of that, it was a lot of time wasted. I was making the person I hated most the center of my world. A little bit self-defeating I would think! I’m glad now that I’m such a forgiving person, I can’t let negative people or situations consume my life. I would much rather forgive and move on, removing from them all the power they could have held over me and my life. I would also wish that I spent a lot more time with my family than I did. A lot of my time is spent working and making money as well as at school chasing my diploma, and also with my friends and my boyfriend. All time well spent, but I would like to balance that time by spending it with my family as well. They have been there for me the longest, and deserve my time more than anyone.

    I would also feel like the end was coming too soon. I have too much to give to the world, things to do, people and places to see. There are so many things I want to do and achieve. I haven’t started my nonprofit dog rescue group yet, or even received the college degree that I’ve been working so hard to get. I haven’t had the chance to have a child yet, or walk down the aisle with my boyfriend. I want to achieve so much, and I would feel like I was about to die at a time when I was just figuring out who I was and what I wanted for myself.

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  11. Mick says:

    Assuming we had prior notice, I would want to spend the first part with my parents and brother, and my fiance’s parents and sister, and the last part solely with my fiance. I would thank all of my friends and family for being there for me throughout my life, especially in the low times, but also thank them for joining me in the fun times. I would tell them I love them all. And the latter part with my fiance, I would want to recollect the fun we have had together in the 3.5 years we’ve had together, and cuddle up together and just savour each other’s company until the end comes.

    I guess the question more relates to whether you would have any regrets or not. I wouldn’t. If there were things we could do again differently, I would. But you can’t spend time regretting things that have happened in the past – you’ve got to learn from your mistakes (or experiences) and move on, and not repeat them ideally. I wouldn’t be sad that I have missed out on anything, I’d be grateful for the good that I have experienced. I’ve enjoyed a lot in life so far, and I’m only 30. Fortunately, as I assume the world is not ending, there is a lot more to look forward to too :-)

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  12. Debbie says:

    This is a difficult question. My initial thought is that it would be a relief because all of the things that are weighing on me right now and causing stress would be over. However I really doubt that is how I would feel. I believe that I would regret all the things that I didn’t finish, the things I never tried because I was too afraid, too busy, too…. I would not be happy with the way that I have treated some people and the fact that I have not forgiven some people and the fact that I have not taken steps to correct some of the relationships in my life.

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  13. Jitender says:

    i will be sad because i have so many things to do and need time for those.

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  14. Sailingawaytoday says:

    Sad because, I had not manifested what I wanted in my life. I think I would feel unfulfilled, although not many in number (goals) they represent quests of great importance to me. The world coming to an end would mean that I had not reached that, which I had dreamed and worked, for so long.

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  15. Toni says:

    I think it’d depend on how it all came to an end. As long as my loved ones aren’t suffering when it happens, I’d be okay. I’d feel sad that I didn’t get to do what i planned, or that I didn’t get to see who my kids would grow up to become. But I believe that we’d be together afterwards anyway, so I’d be happy about that and curious to find out whether you’re given another crack at it.

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