“Give me coffee, I’m going to write.” Olavo Bilac, Brazilian Poet’s last words before passing from this life. George Harrison, the former Beatles band member, told his family members, at his deathbed, “Love one another” while fighting cancer.
I know, not a favorite topic to bring up, but we all know about our own expiration date stamped into our lives–and only ONE person knows when the actual date is– so why not spend some time preparing our own unique last words?
Our last words.
What do we want to have as our own last words? (Hmmn, this might be a great free writing exercise!)
In order to help create unique last words, here is a list of a few famous recorded last words and the image we can leave behind:
“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit…it is finished. ~ Jesus
“…and now for a final word from our sponsor.” ~Charles Gussman
“I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.” ~Joe DiMaggio on his former wife, Marilyn Monroe.
“I don’t care if I live or die. Go ahead and kill me.” ~Jeffrey Dahmer
“Dammit…don’t you dare ask God to help me.” Joan Crawford
“One last drink, please.” ~Jack Daniel
“I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.” ~Humphrey Bogart
“Water.” ~Ulysses S. Grant
“I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili.” ~Kit Carson
“Be inspired.” ~Final tweet by Heavy D, American Rapper
“OH, Wow. OH, Wow. OH, Wow.” ~Steve Jobs
“Surprise me.” Bob Hope
“Where is my clock?” Salvador Dali
“I hate to die twice. It’s so boring.” ~Richard Feyman
“Ah, that tastes nice.” (After sipping a small glass of wine) “Thank you.” ~ Johannes Brahms
“Thank you for everything.” ~Blessed Father Carlo Gnocchi
“You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you.”
~Alex, the African Gray Parrot’s simple spoken last words to his handler, Dr. Irene Pepperberg , as she put Alex into his cage for the night. Alex passed away during the night.
It was his chosen, last words.
Got any chosen last words?