Confession: I haven’t done my advance directive yet.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but there it is. In spite of my harping and spouting I haven’t walked my own talk. (Not entirely sure why but probably because this shit is not only scary, it’s confusing.)
Well, it’s time to climb off the soapbox and dive into those cold waters like I keep telling everyone else to do. I’ve done one thing at least…talked to the people most likely to make decisions for me if worst comes to worst…but that’s not enough. No…ho…ho. They’ll also need legal paperwork to prove that I mean what they say, so I need to do the deed itself. Put pen to paper. Download the state forms, sign on the dotted line, and give them copies.
It’s Time to Legalize And Let It Go.
The hubster is doing this with me and while we’re at it, I wanted to invite everyone else who hasn’t done their advance directive yet, but wants to (or not) to join us on our little adventure. I’m going to try and enroll my kids and siblings and their families in the process, too, because I really want to know what they want in case (God forbid!) I wind up having to make decisions for any of them.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP: The need for an advance directive knows no age limit, anyone can wind up incapacitated and unable to make decisions at any time. If you’re 18 or over, this sucker is a good thing to have.
I’m assuming this process will bring up questions, fears, and insights along the way that we can all help each other with and learn from so IMHO, the more the merrier.
Are you ready to rumble?!!!
In the next couple of weeks I’ll be researching and posting about the who’s, why’s, what’s, where’s, when’s, and how’s of the process, and then in February the hubster and I will take the plunge and do all the concrete steps necessary to make sure that everyone from intimate family members to state agencies are clear on what-we-would-and-would-not-want in the event.
So if you haven’t filled out your advanced directive yet either, feel free to join us. I figure there’s strength in numbers.
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