Soon We’ll Be Dead: Joe Paquete

Welcome to another issue of Soon we'll Be Dead. Thank you for being here:))

This week has mostly been spent watching shows/movies under myriad blankets. It's cold outside, and the snow hasn't stopped.

My dad went for his third chemo session on Thursday and told my sister it would be his last. We shall see if the treatment made any impact; of course, I'm hoping for some kind of miracle.

If I owe you an email or text, please forgive me. Just cooking a meal or doing the most basic tasks feels like climbing Mount Everest. My energy reserve is blinking red and in desperate need of a charge.

Wishing all of you a cozy and restorative week.



Joe Paquete

Do you have a website, blog, or socials?


Are you scared of death?

No, I am more concerned that my loved ones and friends will have to mourn my death and feel sadness and grief.

What do you think happens to us when we die? Where do we go?

I believe our body on earth is like a vessel that remains here on earth after we are ready to go to the next life. Considering we’re mostly made of Atoms, hydrogen, etc. I am hoping there’s a possibility that we go to another world where we are put back together again and have another journey we call life.

Do you have a sense of purpose in life? What were you put on this Earth to do?

I don’t have a real purpose in life, mostly because I’m not religious. So I guess I’m trying to find a scientific reason and have no answer ( sad). I think most of us were out here to help others.

What makes a meaningful life?

What makes a meaningful life is when you are at peace with yourself and do not allow external forces to ruin that for you. Which I have a hard time with:(

If you were going to die today, what would you regret the most?

I would regret not telling the ones I love more often.

How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as a loving and caring person that truly was concerned about the well-being of others and never intentionally did anything to harm or upset others.

Is it important to you to leave a legacy behind?

Not really, although we all leave a legacy, good or bad. Don’t we?

What are you most proud of in your life?

I am proud that I have made meaningful and lifelong friendships, and I can sleep at night knowing that I have not intentionally or purposely hurt someone.

Would you rather be cremated or buried? Why?

I still struggle with this.

What do you want your epitaph to say?

In loving memory of a caring, kind, and compassionate soul.

What would be the worst/best way to die for you?

Worst—fire-/drowning Best—in your sleep

What are your five "Bucket List" (for lack of a better term) things you want to do before you die? What are some important things you want to experience, learn, or do?

Route 66, Grand Canyon, azures (birthplace), Graceland, Disney World

Any comments, thoughts, or suggestions?

Do you ever wonder where you were before you were born?

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