So, I hear the world is ending tomorrow. HA. (If that’s true, I’d like to know why I chose NOT to splurge on the Chick-fil-A ice cream cone I was dreaming about after spinning class last night.)
Each time a rumor is instigated that predicts the so-called end of our world, senseless buzz begins about what we would do or say or eat or dismiss in the case that we really did know the end was near. People make jokes about quitting their jobs and spending their life savings on one last trip to Vegas via jumbo jet.
But if we’re serious about it, the would-do’s and would-say’s revolve not around money or jobs, but around other people.
“I would tell him how I feel.”
“I would spend extra special time with a close friend.”
“I would give her a hug and tell her how she’s changed my life.”
“I would say ‘I’m sorry.’”
Similar thoughts occur when someone we love gets hurt, becomes ill, or sadly leaves us. The feelings arise because when we are faced with the unbearable thought of no tomorrow, we beg for second chances with the people we love most.
This got me to thinking: we 20-somethings are past the point in life where we can depend on a physical place like a high school gymnasium or college campus to help us foster and keep relationships with others. We are growing up and older, and are striving to create new beginnings with people we meet along the way. We must also do our best to honor those “forever” kind of friends – those rare ones who know us by heart.
The thing is, we won’t be privy to our last day or moment. We won’t have it broadcasted on the radio or shouted from the mouths of psychics. In a perfect world, we would remember to live like every day is our last. Then, our world only ends when we choose it to be done – when we stop truly living and stop deeply loving.
Whether it’s the people we love, or the ones we have forgotten, we should remember to spend the quality time now. Give the hugs more often. Say the sorry’s sooner. To remember that the world doesn’t let us hold on to much. Not to time. Not to money. And certainly, not on to forever. That’s why it’s important to hold on so tightly to each other.
Tomorrow, our entire lives may very well flash before our eyes, but not because the end is near. If we get it right, it will occur because we are spending just a few moments remembering to be thankful for the people who brought us to now.
I don’t know about you, but I’m off to get my ice cream – and maybe this time, I’ll go with a friend. 😉