What if, Today Is my Last Day

I’ll call you tomorrow. Let’s catch up next week. How many times have we spoken or heard these lines? Well, nothing wrong there, but there are a few things that keep on getting delayed for various reasons. Sometimes, though, we wish, they were done much earlier and sometimes they remain unfulfilled.

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Like most people I also take things, places and even people for granted. I always assume that they will be there for me. If not today, I have tomorrow to take a chance. Many times I have not responded to calls from loved ones, especially when I am in a meeting. I always think I will call them later … but that later never comes. Why is it that we have such a casual approach towards our loved ones or even towards the things we love to do.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’ The prompt for this post was, imagine ‘Today Is Your Last Day On Earth’. What would you do with it? Will you have a list of things that you want to accomplish or would sit somewhere and recall several things?

My mind started racing with ideas of what I would do if it was my last day, would I recall the past, or fulfil my unfinished business. Lots of ideas were playing in my mind and I realised that I wanted to do both. I sat in the balcony with a hot cup of coffee and thought about all the moments and things I treasured in the past. Also, the other part of me said that I must accomplish what I wanted to do.

I came up with a list and this is what it looks like:

Call my parents: They are the essence of my life. They are the ones who gave me the beautiful gift by bringing me into this world. I can’t seem to thank them enough. They have been my pillars of strength from the very beginning. From my first smile to my first walk and to my first day at school, college and job they have always applauded and boosted me. A big part of me is them and I owe them big time for this.

“One of the greatest titles in the world is a parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” – Jim DeMint

Catch up with friends: Apart from the family, friends also become family. There are several moments which you share with them while growing up. I would like to recall all those moments and live in that moment. In growing up and becoming busy (as we all feel we are), I have lost out on a lot of friends as well. Would love to relive the lovely moments one last time with them. Have the fun which we had in school and college.

“Anything is possible when you have the right people to support you” – Misty Copeland

Say Sorry before it’s too late: I shall keep my ego aside and say sorry to all those I have hurt intentionally and unknowingly. I don’t want to carry a baggage with me. After all its, my last day and I don’t want anyone to have bad feelings for me.
“More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.” – Greg LeMond
Write a letter to my daughter: I will write a letter to my daughter which she can read when she is 18. I will tell her that she is beautiful, confident and can do whatever she wants. She does have to succumb to the pressures of the society just because she is a girl. For her sky is the limit and the world is not like she sees it. I would apologise to her for not being there for her when she needed to make a decision and she missed me when she could not talk to me. I will also tell her that she is the most beautiful thing that happened to me and I will always be her guardian angel.
“A mother’s treasure is her daughter.” – Catherine Pulsifer
Should have tried: Last but not the least, I get this feeling that whenever I failed in life at least I should have tried. I shall always have regrets that I didn’t try hard enough. Maybe if I had tried, I would not have been soaked with this feeling. This shall be my only regret.
“It’s not what you are, it’s what you don’t become that hurts.” – Oscar Levant
As I sleep tonight, I treasure a gift, the gift of life which can be taken away from us at any time without any notice. Since life is short and you don’t know about tomorrow, live life like it was your last day, and make the most of it without any regrets.

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Shubhra Rastogi Written by:

Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 3-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

5 Comments

  1. August 13, 2018
    Reply

    Writing letter to the daughter is something I really loved Shubhra. On the second thought, why should we not write it now, why wait till the last day of life?

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      August 13, 2018
      Reply

      Thanks, Anagha,

  2. August 13, 2018
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    It’s said that we should try to live each day as if it were our last. There should be no regrets. We all know these yet the flow of life carries us along with it and we get lost in it. Your post is a reminder for us to pause and focus on what is important and give our close ones our priorities.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      August 14, 2018
      Reply

      Yes, indeed we get so lost in our day to day activities that we often take our near and dear ones for granted, thinking that they will always be there.

  3. We should always be grateful for this life, every single day and not on certain days. After all we do not want any regrets and the biggest would be not thanking this life.

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