All statistics in this article are entirely made up, exaggerated and manipulated to emphatically prove my point. Please do not take these at face value.
Tim is on the verge of being brutally assassinated, Tim is crying and begging for mercy.
Tim: Please don’t do this, I’ve a CGPA of 4.8!
Assassinator: What really? No way, I can’t kill you now.
Tim: Thank you
Assassinator: Guys! False alarm. Tim has a GPA of 4.8, Let’s go kill someone else.
In the midst of my idleness, I faced a situation a little like Hamlet’s dilemma [not like I’ve pursued a vendetta against my uncle or anything, my uncle is a lovely man].
This particular epiphany occurred to me when I saw my sister tugging on her hair because of her massive workload. The only thing I could think of when I saw her was ‘Why does she care so much about something as insignificant as work?’
I know what you’re probably thinking, working isn’t insignificant for people who want to ‘go somewhere in life’ and a teenager who hasn’t seen the ‘real world’ wouldn’t understand this. But at the end of the day; working or not, we’re all headed towards the same direction- 24 hours closer to the end of our lives.
Human beings have come to take their time on this planet for granted far too much- things like work and living up to societal expectations have clouded over the idea of genuine happiness and come in the way of things we really want to do.
Why is it that only people who are informed of their terminal diseases decide to do what they’ve always wanted to, and make most of their time on this planet?
Answering this query of mine, Morrie from the bestseller Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom, said “Everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.”
So next time you think twice about doing something you’ve always wanted to like finally buying those leather pants, taking a road trip across Japan, getting into that tattoo parlour and getting that damn tattoo, remember; we’re all dying anyway, might as well do it.
Why put off your bucket list for when you’re old and grey? As beautiful as the universe is, it is equally unpredictable and scary. It takes almost a split second to go into cardiac arrest, it takes exactly a second to be swept away by a tsunami; do you really want to spend the last second of your life trying to please your boss?
Check something off your bucket list this summer and tell us what you did.
Carpe Diem, my friends.
This entry is a part of The Idle Diaries: The journey of a self-proclaimed passive aggressive 19 year old, transitioning from high school to university, with four long months to use her powers for either good or evil.
What’s on your bucket list, peeps? Tell us in the comments below.