If Today Was The Last Day of My Life

What would I do and what would I not do?

For one thing, I would not waste a moment doing what I didn’t like. I would spend every minute of my day in service of what my heart desires.

I would spend time and effort on peeling the layers and honoring my truest , deepest self.

To start I would dress in a saree to honor my Indianness, my brownness, perhaps journal in Gujarati.

I would read all the Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott books that helped define my values and make me the woman that I am today. I would also read Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Mahabharat, Ramayan, Amar Chitra Katha and Tin Tin.

I wouldn’t color my hair and honor my almost 50 self.

I would spend a lot of time alone and in nature, perhaps at a water front so that it can be reminiscent of the beach where I spent my growing years.

I would picnic alone with a beloved book and my tent in a beautiful park with many trees, sprawling lawns and gentle breezes.

I would go kayaking with my favorite book in a beautiful lazy river.

I would take an RV and drive across the country, stopping at places that appeal to me.

I would organize a girls weekend getaway.

I would take a train journey across long distances, with my books, music and journals for company.

I would speak to and meet up with my cousins, aunts ,uncles, and those friends that I lost touch with.

In life, often I have not allowed myself to be me – unapologetically me. I would want to correct that. Speak my mind, do what I like, how I like and be myself knowing that I am deeply loved for being me.

I would cook and eat the traditional Gujarati meals that I grew up with – painstakingly prepared and lovingly served.

I would listen to vividh bharti songs and watch Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt and Dev Anand in black and white classics.

All the creative pursuits that so appeal to me – gardening, knitting, embroidery, tailoring, rangoli, painting, poetry, and writing. They would all become front and center of my life.

I would spend time meeting people whose thoughts I am interested to hear, who are good listeners to mine and together we refine each other’s thoughts. I would do a lot of casual entertaining. Simple food, impromptu gatherings and satisfying interactions would be the hallmarks of my social life.

Kathak, yoga, pranayam, meditation, and daily walks would be a big part of my life.

What if today was the last day of your life. What would you do and what would you not do?

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