A life in full

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Recently, four Canadians - Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn - released the book What do you want to do before you die? and it rocketed to number one on the New York Times bestseller list. The blockbuster book documents the young authors' adventures to live out 100 of their wildest dreams, and for each experience they ticked off their list they helped a total stranger realise one of their own life goals.

It's not the first book to look at the topic of living life to the full. There's Dane Sherwood's 2,001 Things to Do Before You Die, while Patricia Schultz's 1,000 Places to See Before You Die is in it's second edition. And, of course, there's Richard Horne's life experience collection 101 Things to Do Before You're Old and Boring, 101 Things to Do Before You Die, 101 Things You Wish You'd Invented . . . and Some You Wish No One Had and 101 Ways to Become a Superhero . . . Or an Evil Genius.

As What do you want to do before you die? co-author Ben Nemtin told MTV, "We started this because we felt like we needed to do something and we all got inspired by different things that made us believe we could do anything we wanted. We want this book to give that feeling to anyone who reads it. You can open any page and something can spark in you to do whatever you want to do."

The reality of life

Clearly a popular genre of book, people are looking to be inspired and motivated to get the most out of life. These books emphasise the importance of making plans for you and your family. It's the desire to travel together, to see the world, gain new skills and share experiences with those you love. It could be visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu, taking a gondola ride through the waterways of Venice, or just learning to make sushi.

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The reality however is that day-to-day life can get in the way. Not only is cost a factor, but juggling responsibilities between work and home often means that our life long dreams are put off until later.

But unfortunately not everything is in our control. Accidents, serious illness or death can intervene before we have a chance to live out all our life ambitions. Life insurance can help by giving your family the financial means to help them realise their lifelong aspirations. Safeguard your family's dreams: get a life insurance quote from Allianz today.