Tell Me Something True

How will you die?

Let’s get to know one another a little better, shall we?

The 7th question in Arthur Aron’s list of 36 is this:

Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

I considered skipping this questions. It seems like a terribly morbid question, but once I started thinking about it, our answers to this can reveal a lot about our habits, worries, and activities. For example, if I say I will likely die of liver cancer because I drink too much…well, that says something about my habits and fears, and the fact that I know my behavior is destructive and I do it anyway. Or if I’m sure I will die while swimming with the sharks, or while having sex, those things say something about my activities and sense of daring adventure. Maybe you could even explain how you hope to die (happily in your sleep, or mid-orgasm, or climbing Mt. Everest.)

Death can be a tough and scary topic, but it’s a necessary and unavoidable part of life. How we deal with it (or don’t) says something in itself.

Death isn’t sexy…unless we’re talking vampires…and many of us avoid talking about it at all because it’s terrifying to consider.

As always, you can keep your responses light and simple, short and sweet, or dig in deep. You can head down a sexy road, or keep it safe for work. It’s totally up to you! The goal is simply to get to know one another better. There’s also certainly no one way to answer a question. Maybe your answer will come in the form of a photo…or a poem…or a story. And feel free to twist the prompt however it works for you. Linking up to multiple memes is a great way to get your work out there, so if you can make it work that way, have at it!

Sometimes, I find difficult topics easier to write about if I do it through poetry or fiction. Putting my writing in third person can distance me from it a bit. Feel free to use that technique if it helps. Embedding truth in fiction can be freeing and may feel safer.


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