Your hands fumbled with the door knob, you tried to push the door but it felt heavy like it has been a long time since it was opened. You pushed and pushed and every second you spent trying to open it, the shadow that has been chasing you grew larger and larger, the steps getting louder and closer. Finally, the door opened reluctantly and you ran out to the roof of the building. While you were looking around, trying to decide where to go, you heard the strong and powerful beating of wings, and a large shadow loomed over you. You looked up. The sight of the creature almost shocked you to death. With wings stretching as far as the eye can see, with hands ending with claws instead of fingers, and with eyes as black as night, the creature began to speak to you. You could not see its lips moving but you heard its voice, thunderous and silent at the same time. It said, “I am Death and you will die tomorrow.”
Now, imagine that happening to you. What will you do with that information? Would you just brush it off or would you take it seriously? Would you continue your life as if it did not happen or would you live your life like it is your last day?
My question to you is, what would you do if tomorrow is your last day?
There are many different things one could do if they discovered that tomorrow is their last day, from taking insane risks (since they have nothing to lose) to having a quiet and fun time with their family, I personally would prefer the latter. When it comes to dying and death, all things material becomes nothing, they become meaningless to the person, instead, family and relationships become the most important and most cherished. Would you rather die in the presence of your material wealth which can never show you care or would you rather die in the presence of your family who will show you love and compassion till the very end?
Having said this, how many of us actually thought about this question before? How many of us actually live our everyday lives like it might be our last? I presume not many.
We do not know when we will die. We will never know if we would live to see tomorrow. Heck, we will not even know if we are going to live to see the next second. What makes us so sure that we will live long enough to see our children grow up? What makes us feel so confident that we would not die in the next few seconds?
Unfortunately, the way we are living today accurately reflects that attitude. We seemed so confident that we are going to see tomorrow. We procrastinate like we have all the time in the world, we watch endless dramas and movies, and we spend so little time with our children and even if we do, I’m sure 80% of the time we were looking at our phones. So, can you see the problem here? We live our lives as if we are going to live forever which we won’t!
It does not matter in which religion we believe in, which school of thought we follow or whether we are atheist or agnostic, death is constant and definite. We need a change in mindset. We need to stop living like this, instead, we need to live every day like it is our last. Therefore, I appeal to all of us to think about death and to think about what we really and truly want to do in this one chance at life. I promise you that it will do you good. You will have a complete change in perspective towards life and life will be more fulfilling for you. I know that it is cliche to tell you to ‘do what you love’ but it is true. In this short span of time on Earth, we will not want to waste it on something unenjoyable right?
Now, if Death comes knocking on your door, maybe, instead of freaking out, say, ‘thank you’ for finally we can say that we have made the best of our time here on Earth.