I am not an alarmist by nature. I tend to accept life the way it flows, and those who know me will characterize me as neither excitable nor despondent, most days. There is a risk though that you may not end up making the most of every minute if you are a passive recipient of life.
Yesterday, I was on the way to an important meeting. Just as we left, someone dashed across the road as though a hungry terrier was chasing him, mistaking him for food. As he ran across, a motorbike almost ran him over. It missed him; but only because a new measurement scale which was tinier than a millimeter was invented on the fly for him, so narrow was his escape. Had the motorcycle not missed, our vehicle right behind would have then added insult to injury and probably run over both, all over again, besides causing us grievous harm or worse as well.
Pause for a moment and think of the characters in this story. None would have ventured out considering this was my last. Life is too complicated and entraps you with the mundane. Everything you do seems essential. Every issue requires urgent attention, analysis or deliberation. Every problem you face looks like life and death. Till you are faced with life and death.
Here is the nub. Life can change in less than a fraction of a second. You will not be forewarned. Most likely, you will not be served notice. Unlike the movies, you will not be given six months to tick off your bucket list in partnership with Morgan Freeman. Instead of enjoying life and making the most of every moment, we settle for the mundane and the unessential. Don’t get me wrong. At times that is also required a part of your “Giri” or duty. The rest of the time, do consider enjoying life.