If you had 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month to live, what would you do to Make Every Day Count?
I enjoy the movies! Bollywood movies! In the midst of all the new movies and songs, sometimes I like going back to the classic movies that I enjoyed as a kid. One such movie is Anand! A super hit movie, released in 1971, with the evergreen songs, some great acting, and a lovely story that is sure to bring tears to your eyes.
For those who are not aware of the story, Anand is based on the Character “Anand” who is suffering from Lymphosarcoma of the intestine, a rare type of cancer, and can survive for only 6 months. Despite knowing the truth, Anand is always happy and joyous, lives a simple and casual life always trying to make people around him smile and happy.
It is an inspiring story of a dying man who has few days to live but still has a never-say-die attitude towards life and enjoys each moment till his last breath. It is a story of how a man learned to make the most of his day and embraced every moment. Isn’t it a great example of how we can Make Every Day Count?
Every time I watch this movie, there is a question that pops-up in my head –
What if I had 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month to live? How I will Make Every Day Count!
What would I do? What you see in movies is easier said than done. It’s just a plot acted upon. But in reality, is it that simple – making decisions when you know you have only a few moments to live? How to Make Every Day Count and make it worthwhile? What would I do? Would I travel to all the beautiful places I have never seen before?
Would I explore the best luxury hotels and be mesmerized by their world-class cuisine? Would I wear that dress, drink that whiskey, or dance to that music that saved for a special occasion?
Would I forget about my weight loss and let myself get fat? Would I spend all my money without really thinking about it?
Would I invite my friends and family over for dinners and parties and laugh over memories?
And then, I pulled on the reins before my thoughts raced away like wild horses and I asked myself – Will I be remembered for what I have done after I am gone?
In my last few days, I would like to grab the opportunity to make an impact on my friends and relatives so that they always remember me and keep me alive amongst them even after I am under the graves.
I would love to reach out to as many people as I could, people for whom I never had the time. As rightly quoted “No amount of money or success can take the place of time spent with your family”. For most of us, our closed loves ones matter the most. But today in our busy lives if we don’t have time for them, it’s time we start asking why and try to address the situation.
We always have time for our work, office because, – we need bigger houses, luxury cars and much more. But in turn, we lose the time that we should actually spend with our family and friends. Will these houses, cars, jewellery and the most expensive and luxurious items really matter if I have only a few days to live? Does this Make Every Day Count? I don’t think so!
I ponder would be a great opportunity to make new friends, meet new people, help out and reach out to a few in one’s best possible ways – maybe help out a friend in need, reach out to an institution involved in social causes. Would that make me happier? Honestly, just thinking about it is making me feel good about myself. It is giving me some hope that I will always be remembered by them someday.
But, unfortunately, these decisions are not easy to make. Are they? You need to think about what makes you happy the most – just loving life full of fun, parties, meaningless things but being forgotten when you are no longer there or making someone else’s life fun and happy and thus leaving behind a legacy?
I have always felt that you can make your mark in the world with small, everyday deeds of kindness or even through kind words spending an evening with the homeless kids at an orphanage, extending a helping hand to the terminally ill, spending a few hours at an old age home – all these needs is good intentions and sometimes from our busy schedule.
Thinking about this brings back memories from years ago when my mother was fighting cancer. I came across many women who too had this deadly disease but came out of it stronger than ever. Moreover, I met a few who didn’t really know how long they would live but they opted to help out other cancer patients all their remaining life.
Their only aim was to provide support to cancer patients to survivors to rebuild a positive attitude towards life. Now, almost 10 years later, I still remember them and am grateful to them for being such inspirations to others.
Well! you see, no matter the situation, no matter how long you have to live, you decide on what matters to you the most and makes you happy. Spend time with your loved ones, go for a holiday, drink and dance with friends over dinner, help out new friends and society in your own small way. Whatever you decide, do it NOW! Appreciate and cherish every moment.
Life is too short, you will never have this day again. Make Every Day Count!