Everyday can be your last day: it may sound depressing, but wise people tend to keep this thought in mind. Only so, can wise people make the best out of each and every day. Every single hour, sixty seconds straight. Living in the now, enjoying all the moments – taking the good with the bad.
It's only when you realize the urgency and fleetingness of life that you manage to fully appreciate the small moments. It's just like they say in those campaigns for Allstate Good Life,
When my grandmother was alive, she bored me so! With the ceaseless chattering and old-fashioned, blunt mindset:. As I grew older and started to become adept of critical reasoning, it didn't take long for me to realize that my childhood hero – whose stories consistently enchanted me as I came of age – she did not knew that much about the *real* world, or so I reckoned.
The last decade or so of her life unfolded when I was in my thirties. Throughout those last eight years, she stayed in a nursing home and it didn't take long until my visits grew sparser and sparser. At some point in my life, I stopped enjoying spending time with old Clara. In my eagerness for establishing my adulthood, I started to have little patience for her stories, which were often pointless and repetitive. How often I would roll my eyes and yawn, or try to get her to speak about something else.
But you know what? Looking back in perspective, it's her stories I miss the most. Now at the dawn of my forties, I longingly recall those stories she often told to me over tea. That horrible herbal tea I so despised, but which she always claimed to be good for my health. I'm having a cup right now, which I always do when for some reason I think of old Clara. St. John's Wort is the tea, and it's supposed to be really good to reduce anxiety.
Do you have a similar experience in your life? Of failing to notice how something trivial meant so much to you, until it was too late to enjoy it anymore? If so, please share your comments below, I'd love to hear your stories! And no matter how chattering it all looks, I'll read each and every sentence you write with all my attention. [