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Neil Young's Wish List before He Dies

In his new book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars, 68-year-old (as of October 2014) musician Neil Young, writes about having dinner with his son Ben at the same restaurant where he first met Ben's mother, Pegi, four decades earlier. Young writes: "[As I pulled into the parking lot of that restaurant], I felt the passage of time and how fleeting it is. In a silent prayer to the Great Spirit, I asked to be worthy of more time. There was still much to do."

And what, exactly, is on his list of things to do before he dies? Young continues: "Number one: love and happiness and enjoying the Earth for what it's worth, which is an incredible place to be. And number two: protect that Earth for the children and the grandchildren and their grandchildren, and on and on. Those are the things that matter to me."

Possible Preaching Angles: Legacy; Mortality; Goals—Based on this quote, you could ask: What would you put on your list of things to do before you die? What matters to you? What would be number one and two on your "bucket list"?

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