Do it today, do it now

07 January 2017

Life is so unpredictable. Even the small things that we think will DEFINITELY happen tomorrow, might not. Till yesterday, I was supposed to outlive Pratik in the Himalayas and enjoy my Himalayan Odyssey. However, things changed so fast and quick that I am currently on my way back home; with Pratik having many more days to enjoy in the mountains.

Similarly, my Aunt. She is just over 40 and just like anybody of her age, she had been looking forward to enjoy the rest of her life. But now she is so sick that her huge bucket list has been cut short to one single wish – “I want to live”.

We often take life for granted and promise ourselves that we will get back to living the life we had dreamed of once we get done with our tough times. But the tough times never get over and we forget how to love. And one day when we turn back, everything seemed to have changed so much that we wonder “whom did I live the past few years for?”

I am reminded of what Mahmud Shabistari once said –

Make the most of today. Take your risks. Do what you love. For “IN THE END.. We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”


My Himalayan Odyssey are a series of posts from my travel to the Himalayas which took place between 30/12/2016 and 07/01/2017

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Tiny point in the present

06 January 2017

“Chill, Pratik! We have so much time. We can figure out the rest of our trip later” is what I had told my friend only a few hours ago. But now, suddenly, I am running out of time in the Himalayas. What changed in these few hours?

Rishikesh is still here. My Aunt is still in the ICU. I am still in my hostel bed. The only thing that seemed to have changed are my priorities. No longer is my holiday important. My presence in Chennai to lend a shoulder to my younger brothers seems to be more important now.

What have I learnt? Do whatever you can, as and when you can. Do not delay. You never know what tomorrow holds for you. Jump off that lazy mattress and do the things that have been lying on your bucket list. Tick all off them off. Tomorrow does not exist. Today and now is all you have.

 

PS. I was to stay back in the Himalayas till about 28th of January and venture out on an unplanned and adventure packed trip. However I got a call from my parents on the 5th of January and that’s when they broke to me that my Aunt is in the ICU.

PPS. My Aunt is recovering now, however her health continues to be at a critical state.


My Himalayan Odyssey are a series of posts from my travel to the Himalayas which took place between 30/12/2016 and 07/01/2017