Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What if today was the last day of your life?

I know we've all heard this statement in various places.. chicken soup for the soul stories, self help manuals, forwarded emails and what not...

but what if it really really was? How do you react when you hear of someone just like you, who passed away, suddenly, without warning, without excuses of an accident? Perhaps its even more hard hitting because it wasn't someone close to you personally. A respected colleague, but not someone you share a relationship with. Perhaps its hard hitting, exactly because you don't have any personal baggage to cover the fact staring you in the face. It could be you. Anytime. Life is ephemeral, you won't get any answers in a hurry, and not much warning either. Deal with it.

There isn't much point to living scared, but then there isn't much point assuming there's all the time in the world. What if there isn't ? What would you choose to do? Would you take that insurance policy? Would you leave that last bit of code unfixed, or fixed? Would you take that expensive house? Would you patch up with that old friend after all? Would you throw caution to the winds and dance in the rain? Would you do something you always wanted to, but always put off? Would you change anything, or nothing?

Such thoughts, like life, of course are ephemeral as well. But perhaps there's no harm in taking some minutes off and wondering....

2 comments:

Anantha said...

umm.. few hours with my family and rest of the few hours with my dear buddies - that's all I wanna do if I knew about my last day...

rahul said...

well i'll do more of the nicer, not necessary mentionable, things i do everyday...