I’m currently reading “Achieve Anything In Just One Year” by Jason Harvey. What I have been doing this past year is to write in my journal every single day, according to the assignment of the day in his book. I am currently on Day 146 and in this section, it asks us to write our own obituary.
Obviously this idea is quite morbid. Who wants to think about our undoing or our end. Who also wants to write about it and what’s the point? According to Jason, the point of the exercise is that it allows us to think about our life and how content we are about it. It makes you think about what people think of you at the end of your life and whether you feel accomplished by everything that you have done or not. It is an exercise that encourages participation and active engagement and to prevent yourself from procrastinating too much in life. You get to focus on the time that you have left and to make sure that you utilize it as much as you possible can.
Without further ado, here is a short obituary that I wrote for myself. It’s going be weird coming back to it in a few years.
The Life of Anh Phan
Anh Phan was born on May 2nd, 1987. He passed away peacefully on September 9th, 2072 at the prime age of 85. He was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and emigrated to the United States when he was 3. He was raised in the city of Worcester, MA for many years before making the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Mr. Phan had a long and prosperous career. He earned his bachelors at Emerson College in 2010 in the degree of Visual Media Arts. After several years on a variety of television shows in the industry, he made the transition to the field of education. He earned his California teaching credential in December of 2014 and started his elementary education career that following January. He further pursued his education by earning his Masters & Doctorate degree at California State University – Northridge in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
A renowned educator and disciplined in the field of self-help, Mr. Phan traveled across the United States and spoke at conferences to help improve our education infrastructure and to motivate young students to be active with their life. He wrote several best-selling self-development books as a means to encourage the general population to get started on the right path.
Mr. Phan was always an ambitious and driven characters who always saw the best in his friends, family and colleagues. His smile lit up the faces of many who had the fortunate opportunity to know him. But behind his warm nature was also a fiery spirit as well. He was an avid dodgeball player throughout his youth and participated in several long distance races in his career. He used his athletic experience to help coach youth Cross country teams to great success.
Mr. Phan was a gracious character and will be missed for his kindness, enthusiastic energy and contributions to his community.
He leaves behind his husband, Taylor Jacobs of 50 years, along with two sons and two daughters.
Post thoughts on the obituary
I definitely felt weird writing this. Not because it involves death but I found myself wanting people to praise me. I had to come up with adjectives to describe how I think people think of me and it seems a bit conceited. I know I have certain traits that my friends tell me are quite appealing but to write about it, felt a bit off. It definitely made me think about my career goals and really put into perspective of how I envisioned my life to look like. It boiled down to educator, motivational speaker and best-selling writer. We’ll see how this turns out!