If you’re given the worst possible news, would you go on a world tour? Eat and drink like there is no tomorrow? Catch up with everyone you’ve ever been close to?
It’s impossible to answer unless you are faced with a diagnosis that there is nothing more doctors can do.
But for Picton man Gordon Gardiner the answer was simple.
The former shipwright and carpenter got stuck into something he loves - building model boats.
Over the past year - the length of time he was given by doctors because of his emphysema - he has built 50 intricate models, mainly of sailing ships.
He says the buzz of the craft has given him a new lease of life.
He worked 10-hour days shaping and crafting wood and metal.
And even though he is slowing down now, it’s also comforting to him that he can leave something behind.
His legacy of beautifully detailed ships has been left to the Picton Powerhouse Maritime Heritage Reserve.
Well done Gordon.