If Tomorrow Never Comes

I am scared. For the first time I’m really scared for the security of those I love and care for, and maybe for the first time ever, even scared for those I don’t know at all. For the various terror attacks have shown that I can feel for and empathize deeply with even those who are just names and stories for me in the media.

I have realized the ease with which hundreds of lives can be ended, absolute fragility of life. It’s true that nobody can ever be adequately prepared for for the final reckoning. Well, not unless you have lived a rather full and fulfilling life that has taken you well into old age. Maybe then. Or maybe not even then. None of the hundreds dead would have imagined as they would never see their loved ones again, nor get the time to wrap up their lives.

In the blinking of an eye, so many lives ended and many more changed forever. It’s only when we truly understand that we have limited time on the planet- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only day we had.

If that’s how fragile life is, the only way you can trust your one moment to the other is by having no regrets. Regret is not something any one of us would would like to exit life with and the best way out of that is to keep the slate clean always.

We would all like to be remembered, but certainly not for the inadequacies or incomplete work we leave behind. Each of us would like to leave behind happy memories. And to work on creating those, we need to start now. Not tomorrow. Not even a minute later. Now is the moment.

Its important to ensure that those we love realize the depth of our feelings, those we have harmed know that we regret it and important that we take adequate measures for the protection of those in our care. Why leave off till tomorrow what we can do today? Why leave it another minute longer to tell your dear ones you love them? Why delay telling a friend how much you value her? Why leave off showing your appreciation to a colleague or acquaintance? Why put off the heartfelt apology till it may be too late?

So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?

For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day, that you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone what turned out to be their one last wish.

“Life’s pretty uncertain my dear.. Die with memories.. Not dreams.”