Last night I watched a documentary on children affected by cancer who know that they’re not going to live much longer and with the help of multiple charities they were able to do things they always wanted to do, such as meet a footballer they admire, go to Thorpe park or go to see a concert. During the course of the program they were asked by the team what they would do if they knew that it was their last day on Earth. That is also one of those questions that I’ve been asked many times in my life and everyone has their own ideas what they would do if they knew it was indeed their last day on Earth.
I’ve never given it much thought, but the way the children were able to give such clear answers did leave me wondering if it means that I have no aspirations or dreams and just go with the flow and concentrate on the ‘daily survival’ a bit too much. So, if today was my last day on Earth, what would I do?
Something that obviously doesn’t reflect in this post is that for the past five minutes I’ve been sitting here staring at the screen thinking about it without actually being able to give an answer! The most important thing used to be spending some time with friends, having a good time, maybe over a coffee or sitting somewhere in the sun talking, but recent experiences and being let down too many times to count put that into question and, as I don’t currently have a desire to meet them, it’s not really an option!
There’s too much left in the world that I’d want to see before I die, but none of that would be possible within a day! There’s Egypt, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, Ireland to just mention some countries. I’d love to see the USA again, especially San Francisco and New York [no, this is not brought on by GTA IV, thank you very much!] and places I’ve been in my life, such as Cuxhaven, Bibione and to an extent my hometown and other places in Germany.
In a more realistic sense based on where I am, I suppose I’d like to see Oxford and London again, but that’s more of a requirement rather than an actual wish as those towns are so close I could’ve gone to see them any day, but the unreliable train services, the Tube and the masses of tourists and people in general deter me.
Looking at other things there are so many books I’ve been wanting to read, so many films I’ve been meaning to see, so much music I’ve been missing out on, but that isn’t possible to do in a day either.
And apart from that there isn’t anything else left. Sure, there are all the books ‘X amount of things you have to do til you you die’, but bungee jumping, parachuting or the like have never much interested me.
At the end of the day we are the lucky ones. We don’t know when we’re going to die and effectively we know we have our life still in front of us. Of course we could die any moment being run over by a car, ambushed by ASBO kids or the world blowing up, but we have the chance to do and see what we want in life when we want it. We have more than 24 hours or even a week and we should use that chance.
Always wanted to learn another language? Go for it.
Been meaning to read that long book, but never found the time, because of trivial things? Make the time.
Always wanted to go and visit a certain place? Well, what’s stopping you? Do you want another generic holiday or spend your money on things that don’t mean anything anyway?
What I have planned for today? I am currently catching up with an old acquaintance from South Africa who’s been inviting me to come and visit many times before. I might go and see him soon..