I was recently asked : What would you do if you had 24 hours to live? The next question was: What did you do in the last 24 hours? and the last question which kind of got to me was : If those were your last 24 hours; would you have been satisfied?
I knew what I would do if I had 24 hours to live but the last 24 hours that I had spent – I don’t think I would have been satisfied with those as being my last 24. Yet the ONLY certain thing in life is that one day – we will only have 24 hours to live. Yet we do not live by that one certainty. If I asked you today – what were you to do if you had 24 hours to live – and something pops into your mind at this moment – then go and do it ! There’s magic in doing things that you’ve always wanted to do and if everyday you start doing the things you’ve always wanted to then your life is going to be the piece of art that you’ve always wanted it to be. Nelson Mandela has said ” There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ”Many of us are afraid to go out there and do what we’ve always wanted to do. We live saying tomorrow – but tomorrow is nobody’s guarantee.
Yet, if we were told we had 24 hours left – we would beg for more time. More time to: be with our families, to be with our friends, to do things that excite us, to eat different kinds of food, to see the wonders of the world, to tell those we love that we love them. Maybe we’d want to go to work to say goodbye to our friends, but suddenly we’d notice the person on the other side of the counter at the coffee shop and actually SMILE at them. Maybe we’d actually FEEL the wind blowing in our faces. Maybe we’d actually TASTE our coffee. I would think it would all seem to be in slow motion – yet you would want each moment to pass just a little slower because every second counts when there are only 24 hours left. Maybe, you’d just ask for one more 24 hour day because you never realized how precious these 24 hours were.
If we start doing the things we have always wanted to do and become conscious and aware of the moments in the day then that is truly when we will start LIVING. If we start chasing our dreams and start taking steps towards the life we want, our lives will become a conscious work of art. Life will not happen to us – we will happen to life. If we start living like every day is our last day, then one day we will inevitably be right. Hopefully,that day would have been used to its utmost potential.
The truth is our lives are our stories.The triumphs, the disappointments, the joys and the sadness all form part of our stories and those 24 hours we are give every day form the building blocks to that story. So it’s time to start playing big Everyday.
Our lives are the legacies we leave behind. They’re the stories that may just inspire someone to live a life different to the one they’re living. You may value courage, or strength or simply a good heart – whatever it is that you value start working at being a person that encompasses those values. Make your life a piece of art that specializes in all that you value so that you become exactly who you want to become, inspire those around you, and leave the world with an extraordinary story.
“Everyone becomes a story. Be a good story.” – Imam Jaffar Sadiq (as)