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Saturday, January 14, 2012

What Happens If I Go First?



This thought struck me today right out of the blue!  What if I die first.  It brings up a million and one possibly disastrous scenarios.  Like, who will feed the birds?  How will all the socks find a match?  Where will groceries come from?  Will anyone dare to sort through the papers on my desk to determine if any are important?  Where will my Red Hat stuff end up?  And, the most worrisome...will anyone be able to figure out all of my passwords?

This may seem humorous, but deep down, it is a very serious problem just waiting to happen.  This person (me) who used to be so organized when there was a regular day job in my life, is now a disorganized clutterer who thinks she will live to be 300 years old.  I have plenty of time to put everything in order...or do I?  The cold, hard truth is...and we all know it...we don't have a deadline for our lives.  There is no promise of tomorrow.  I need to do something about leaving a road map for someone to follow to figure out all of my everyday responsibilities and to find all of our important papers.


So, along with important things like wills and advance directives, those of us who live in this digital age should also prepare a sealed account list - a list of our online accounts with our IDs and passwords so that our executors can access them.  That sounds terrific.  But...what if we don't have them all written down somewhere?  What if we are lazy and just store them in our computers?  Oops..what if our computer crashes?  So, here's the deal.  I need to get serious about this serious stuff and seriously get my life in order so those who follow can sort things out.  Is there an app for that?



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23 comments:

  1. Great piece, I have wondered the same thing - how will anyone find things? Or what if they find things you would not want found? Best to rid of them NOW. I did read recently there is an app for Facebook that will post your last piece after you are gone. Not sure I would want that or not yet.

    http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/science_tech/phone-app-lets-you-post-to-facebook-after-you-die

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    1. Good points, Lisa. Thanks for sharing that info with us!

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  2. It's a worrying thought isn't it? We should never assume we will be alive tomorrow but live each day as if it is our last :)

    I don't know of any apps, sorry, but it's probably a good time to decide what is important and what doesn't really matter. I am sure you will find most of what we think is important won't really matter after we die. We need to build me life so that we leave important things, things that will live on and impact lives after we die.

    That was a bit of a random splash of words, no idea where they came from, hopefully they will benefit someone :)

    Happy Saturday, have a lovely day.
    xxx

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    1. Angela, you are so right about figuring out what is really important. I am most concerned about the bills continuing to get paid, and the financial and tax websites being accessible - that sort of thing. As for the material things, well, they are only of this world.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. you have reminded me to update my will :p

    Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

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    1. Yes! Wills need updating from time-to-time. Great suggestion!

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  4. Grace, so well done! I love your writing style. Please check Facebook Group FiftyWorkForce today as I'm sharing it with everyone I know. It is something we all need to think about and take steps to get in order NOW. I've had a serious heart situation the past couple of years and so this comes up often for me. Twitter and Google+, here I come!

    P.S. Pat, I wasn't sure if you would want me to make the connection between our newest FB member and Grace so I didn't. Please do so, perhaps as a comment to this post.

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    1. Linda, thanks for sharing this - I am honored. I am not quite sure which FB member you are referring to, but I see no reason not to make connections. Maybe you should email me?
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (aka Pat)

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  5. I have had the same thoughts, especially concerning my pets. I need to better organize my documents. xo

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    1. Barbara, oh boy! If our precious dogs were still with us I would have remembered this soooo important item! Thank you so much for mentioning it!

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  6. When I worked I was organized as well, but since I've become a SAHGM I'm a clutz and nothing is organized. I REALLY need to write everything down for those I leave behind. I want all of my online sites and such deleted when that time comes. Thank you so much for the reminder.

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    1. Terri, what a good idea to have them deleted! Thanks for adding that!

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  7. I appreciate the thoughts. We have to have things in order. Now..for a lighter note: Come by for a giveaway on my blog...http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2012/01/january-huge-giveaway-what-do-you-have.html

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    1. Georgie, I'll check out the giveaway for sure! Good to see you!

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    1. Rebecca thank you for following! I hope you'll visit often.

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  9. There needs to be an app for that!!! :D

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  10. I agree, there is a need for an app for that. I am one of the most unorganized people ever & I have thought of these things you mentioned many times. I started a special book a couple of years ago with all my "codes" for everything I use them for on the net...& I constantly remind my husband to know where they are. Of course he never pays attention to me, but if I go before him I hope he will remember "the code book"...lololo

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    1. Yes...mine has a problem remembering, so I will need to tell my kids where to find the information! A secret decoder ring or something! Ha!

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  11. Dearest Grace,

    Great subject and well worth pondering! Just a couple of days ago I did post about Michiko in Australia, Japanese by birth. She got hit when crossing the street on December 15 and it will take quite some time to get back to blogging and such.
    By the way, please do click my name (Mariette's Back to Basics) that will land you straight onto my blog (NOT profile) for a reply. That way you also are building links and rank higher on the SEO. It's like handing out a business card instead of stuffing it into your own mailbox...
    Love to you and as you see, I'm following you right back!

    Mariette

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    1. Mariette I will also go to your blog to comment! Great idea! Thanks for the follow and for taking time to comment on this!

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