The following is a compilation of answers to the question:

When it's all said and done, how do you want to look back on your life?

 

Naval Ravikant, CEO of AngelList

I hope I never look back at my life. I hope I'm only looking at what I have now. That said, it's impossible. We're always looking back on our lives.

That said, when I look back on my life, I want to say I saw the world the way it was.

I want to see truth. I want to see the world the way it is. Not through my filters. Not through my desires. Not through the way that other people want me to see it.

And I want to accept it the way it is.

 

John Wayne Parr, Multiple Time Muay Thai World Champion

I actually think about this a lot because when you get old, you'll be old for a very long time. You might have twenty years as a fighter, but then you have sixty years as a retiree.

I just want to make the best memories I can for myself to look back upon. I want to look back on my life as an amazing ride that I was lucky enough to live.

I'll keep fighting until the day comes where something breaks, but until then I'll keep riding it as long as I can. 

 

MissMe, Street Artist

I think I'd be really bad at dying because I'd want to learn so much more. I'd probably be very aware of everything I didn't do or didn't meet or didn't see.

I'd really hope that I left positive impact.

 

 

Dr. Stephen Liben, Palliative Care Pediatrician

"I want to be in a place where I don't have to too much of that at all. Where I don't have to create a story. 

You can say, 'Today was great because I did this and it was sunny.' Or the same day you can say, 'It was terrible' because someone yelled at you.

So the narrative that we weave might be useful for some people. But I'd like to be in a place where I just see it as what it is, which is a story, and not focus on that. 

When I'm dying I hope it'll be another moment of here I am breathing and here I am present and here I am striving for what I can, being attentional as I can, being aware as I can. As opposed to, 'Oh look, I did this, I did this, I did this, I did this, creating a story.' I'll probably do that like everybody else, but I don't want it to be the most important thing because it's not the most important thing now. I'd rather say to myself, 'Can I be present for this interview, in this park, in this moment right now' because to add things to it seems to almost take things away."

 

Firas Zahabi, Headcoach at Tristar Gym

"I want to leave something good, something positive that will help generations to come whether it's a martial arts academy that keeps going from one hand to the next. 

I believe in self-actualization, being a part of something greater than yourself: a community that survives and thrives.

I want to leave something behind that'll help people and not to just put my picture on the wall.

For instance, take the guy who showed the world a new way to purify water. Now I'm not trying to compare myself with his skills, but he gave something to the world that is great. 

I hope I can change something in martial arts or add a new aspect that helps stop kids from being bullied in the future because that knowledge was passed down like it was passed down to me from my trainer and was passed down from his trainer and so on. I'm hoping one day my students are even better than me because I trained them so well. 

If I can do that, I think I'd be happy on my deathbed."  

 

Sam Sheridan, Author of A Fighter's Heart

"I just want my life to be a good story. 

I never wanted to be an actor. I want to be the guy that actors play."