What happens when your doctor tell you that you only have 24 hours to live?
As soon as you hear from your doctors, the words “only 24 hours to live” your ears refuse to hear anything else. Your mind goes completely blank, your body freezes and your eyes stare upon the doctor who said these words. He is talking, trying to console you, trying to make it easy for you but nothing he says matters to you.
You keep staring at his moving lips but you hear nothing.
Your mind is still repeating one statement over and again – only 24 hours to live, only 24 hours to live, only 24 hours to live, only 24 hours to live, only 24 hours to live, only 24 hours to live……………………
After about half hour, your body slowly starts warming, your mind starts analyzing the situation and you start hearing everything again along with “only 24 hours to live” still echoing in your head, but only fainter.
With trembling hands, you shake your doctor’s hand and walk out of the hospital. Walking with heavy steps, you find yourself sitting on a bench on a park wondering to yourself in panic, NOW WHAT?
A million things rush into your mind.
I should call my friend who I haven’t spoken to in 2 years. I must tell her that I have no hard feelings for her. I have forgotten everything that happened and I still think high of her.
I should finish that painting I started long back but forgot about due to all my office work, new projects, promotions etc.
I should confess to that guy on the opposite street that I did have feelings for him but I was too scared to tell him.
I should visit my Grandma and let her know that I am sorry for not being able to meet her even on her birthdays because I was too busy with work.
The list of “things I should” keeps growing and you then you realize an even bigger truth.
An even bigger truth.
You must be kidding Aisha. What could be a bigger truth than the words “You have got only 24 hours to live?”
But there is a bigger truth. And the bigger truth is, all these years you gave up on important things that YOU SHOULD HAVE, for the things that you thought were important. You gave up on things that could wait, for things that shouldn’t have waited. You gave up on things that mattered to you for things that wouldn’t matter in the end.
In that flick of a second, comes the realizing that you have actually wasted your entire life running behind money, work and bosses which kept you running away from love, friendship and your family.
And when you were at the last stage of your life, it wasn’t work or your boss that came to your mind, it was love and family.
Lucky for me, I don’t have to wait for the day when my doctor tells me that I have only 24 hours to live because everyday, I only get 24 hours to live and so do you.
You don’t know if you are going to wake up next morning and you definitely don’t know if you are going to get another tomorrow for LIFE ISN’T CERTAIN BUT DEATH IS.
You only have 24 hours to live, how do you choose to spend it?